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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a bit too convenient to credit Philibert's film with Proustian significance, but this particular remembrance has been constructed with similar profundity."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It is rather awesomely evident that when the cameras left, life -- and death -- simply went on."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"A leisurely and reflective film filled with warmth and respect for its subjects."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"Back to Normandy is never less than an extraordinary journey through time, memory and the repercussions of a baffling, bygone crime."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A generous portrait of a community, past and present, reflecting on their unexpected contribution to the cinema."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Philibert lets the interviewees ramble and the fly-on-the-wall business feels totally random."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"The testimony of Normandy's subjects is always fascinating; Philibert proves that not all directors should wade in the same river twice."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Not so much an entertainment or even an illumination, but rather a personal cinematic scrapbook, which should be stamped 'return to sender.'"
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Intriguing and occasionally moving film with a strong central idea and some engaging interviewees."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A sophisticated meditation on community, transgression and the law."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A typically detailed profile of people creating something remarkable together."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
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