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It's a bit too convenient to credit Philibert's film with Proustian significance, but this particular remembrance has been constructed with similar profundity.
Back to Normandy is never less than an extraordinary journey through time, memory and the repercussions of a baffling, bygone crime.
The testimony of Normandy's subjects is always fascinating; Philibert proves that not all directors should wade in the same river twice.
It is rather awesomely evident that when the cameras left, life -- and death -- simply went on.
A sophisticated meditation on community, transgression and the law.
Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations.
Like watching an ill-focused production of Waiting for Godot.
If Back To Normandy might have had difficulty living up to the legacy of its subject, it is aided by some extraordinary visual images of its own.
The doc becomes an ode to the film the cast collectively made and iterates what power and range a camera can have in front as well as behind the scenes.
With Back to Normandy, a nostalgic travelogue with philosophical aspirations, director Nicolas Philibert not only returns to the scene of a crime but the scene of a movie shoot.
Intriguing and occasionally moving film with a strong central idea and some engaging interviewees.
Granted, Philibert's free-roaming approach is as languid as a weekend ramble. But his warm, tender, patient film finds much to move and chew on in the mulch and mire of rustic matters.
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