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Back to Normandy Reviews

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February 4, 2015
Like watching an ill-focused production of Waiting for Godot.
July 24, 2008
The testimony of Normandy's subjects is always fascinating; Philibert proves that not all directors should wade in the same river twice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
May 25, 2007
Not so much an entertainment or even an illumination, but rather a personal cinematic scrapbook, which should be stamped 'return to sender.'
July 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2007
A self-effacing figure, Philibert never imposes himself on the film, preferring to stress the communal experience of its creation and the very human stories that have emerged from his return journey.
January 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2008
It is rather awesomely evident that when the cameras left, life -- and death -- simply went on.
October 6, 2007
Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
July 25, 2008
Back to Normandy is never less than an extraordinary journey through time, memory and the repercussions of a baffling, bygone crime.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 18, 2008
A generous portrait of a community, past and present, reflecting on their unexpected contribution to the cinema.
October 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 18, 2008
Philibert lets the interviewees ramble and the fly-on-the-wall business feels totally random.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 25, 2008
Intriguing and occasionally moving film with a strong central idea and some engaging interviewees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2008
A leisurely and reflective film filled with warmth and respect for its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2007
A straightforward docu with a slightly mystical heart, Back to Normandy plays like a meticulous personal project on which we are permitted to eavesdrop.
January 18, 2008
A typically detailed profile of people creating something remarkable together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2008
A sophisticated meditation on community, transgression and the law.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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