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BACK TO NORMANDY
aka RETOUR EN NORMANDIE
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Anne Borel, Claude Hebert, Nicole Picard
Director: Nicolas Philibert
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 113 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate bloody violence and one scene of animal slaughter
UK Release Date: 18 January 2008 (Limited Release - London, BFI)
In 1975, director Nicolas Philibert (ĘTRE ET AVOIR) was a young assistant to filmmaker Rene Allio. Together, they made MOI, PIERRE RIVIeRE, AYANT eGORGe MA MeRE, MA SOEUR ET MON FReRe (I, PIERRE RIVIeRE, HAVING CUT THE THROAT OF MY MOTHER, MY SISTER AND MY BROTHER) - a little-seen film based on the disturbing true story of a peasant who murdered his family in 1835.
All the main parts in I, PIERRE RIVIeRE were played by non-professional actors from Normandy. Here, thirty years after the film's release, Philibert takes his camera back to the region to learn about the lives of its stars during the intervening years. Weaving through time, between 1975, the present time, and the 19th century - Philibert creates yet another captivating documentary.