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: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
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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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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Like watching an ill-focused production of Waiting for Godot.

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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.

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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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

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.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

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

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 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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