Back to Normandy

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In 1976, filmmaker René Allio used a notorious Normandy crime as the foundation for his film I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister, and My Brother. The film drew detailed a triple homicide that had taken place 140 years prior, and its cast was comprised almost exclusively of homegrown talent. Now, over 30 years later, I, Pierre Rivière assistant director Nicolas Philibert travels back to the shooting locales to find out just what has become of the amateur actors who appeared in that film.


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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.

Feb 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Back to Normandy is never less than an extraordinary journey through time, memory and the repercussions of a baffling, bygone crime.

Jul 25, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

The testimony of Normandy's subjects is always fascinating; Philibert proves that not all directors should wade in the same river twice.

Jul 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6

It is rather awesomely evident that when the cameras left, life -- and death -- simply went on.

Jul 23, 2008 | Full Review…

A sophisticated meditation on community, transgression and the law.

Jan 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations.

Oct 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
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