Back to Normandy (2008)



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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Television
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

It's a bit too convenient to credit Philibert's film with Proustian significance, but this particular remembrance has been constructed with similar profundity.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
Seattle Times
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Back to Normandy is never less than an extraordinary journey through time, memory and the repercussions of a baffling, bygone crime.

July 25, 2008
New York Times
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The testimony of Normandy's subjects is always fascinating; Philibert proves that not all directors should wade in the same river twice.

July 23, 2008
Time Out
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It is rather awesomely evident that when the cameras left, life -- and death -- simply went on.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Village Voice
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Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Time Out
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Not so much an entertainment or even an illumination, but rather a personal cinematic scrapbook, which should be stamped 'return to sender.'

May 25, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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