Back to Normandy
Back to Normandy (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

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

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York

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

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Not so much an entertainment or even an illumination, but rather a personal cinematic scrapbook, which should be stamped 'return to sender.'

Matthew Turner

Intriguing and occasionally moving film with a strong central idea and some engaging interviewees.

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Anthony Lawrie
I can't believe this is from the same man that gave us Etre et Avoir! Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma soeur et mon frère looks like a great… More