Adventurous, ‘fiercely hilarious,’ impressive, sarcastic, ironic, comic, critic and critical, Ma Loute stands out from the movies genres. A hit in Cannes, as it is one of the two films relating to cannibalism. Even though it is intended to be fun and funny, criticizing the bourgeoisie and proclaiming the gender equity, not the say sameness, Ma Loute remains raw as the word really shows. It reveals the ferocity of the human race and the terror of horrifying acts of cannibalism. Lost between reality and fiction, the spectator’s eyes widen in front of the big screens, and giggles are more of a nervous source.
Although the film keeps many people perplex, Juliette Binoche’s stoic and talented acting skills cannot remain unnoticed. Disregarding the script and the role that was attributed to her, she let herself go in different directions, driven by the only consistent thread: inconsistency. Her weirdness revealed a crazy aspect of her personality, a facet of her that never showed before, even in her utmost roles.
By Marie-Christine Tayah
Editor In Chief
Close up on the movie
Director: Bruno Dumont
Writers: Bruno Dumont (dialogue), Bruno Dumont (screenplay)
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Plot: Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them evolves a curious family, the Bréfort, renowned ferrymen of the Slack Bay, lead by the father nick-named “The Eternal”, who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute, aged 18. Towering high above the bay stands the Van Peteghems’ mansion. Every summer, this bourgeois family – all degenerate and decadent from inbreeding – stagnates in the villa, not without mingling during their leisure hours of walking, sailing or bathing, with the ordinary local people, Ma Loute and the other Bréforts. Over the course of five days, as starts a peculiar love story between Ma Loute and the young and mischievous Billie Van Peteghem, confusion and mystification will descend on both families, shaking their convictions, foundations and way of life.