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Back to Burgundy(Ce qui nous lie)

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France · 2017
1h 53m
Director Cédric Klapisch
Starring Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot
Genre Drama, Comedy

While his two siblings stayed close to home, Jean left to travel the world. When their father becomes ill, all three of them return home to be present for him. Jean must come to terms with missing his mother’s funeral, his father’s illness, and his future with girlfriend Alicia.

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The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

Mr. Klapisch lingers his camera lovingly over shots of grapes being harvested and stomped, all the while employing story mechanics and flashbacks indelicate enough to suggest the churn of a factory juicer.


The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

This story of sibling camaraderie and familial strife at a Burgundy winery unfolds against the backdrop of reliably picturesque views, with its bouquet of largely familiar elements presented with a modern finish.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

Still, the family dynamics work out beautifully, and Jean’s return also leads to a deeply affecting revelation of his father’s feelings for him. As far as winemaking is concerned, Back to Burgundy is rich in vistas of the fabled côtes; stuffed with oenophile info (who knew how directly de-stemming affects a wine’s structure?) and studded with casual tastings of wines that most of us can only dream of. A 1990 Pommard? A 1995 Meursault Perrières?


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The characters at one stage debate the merits of a smooth, fruity wine versus something more taut and acidic: it would be tempting to say that Klapisch goes too predictably for the first option, but the problems here are more with structure than taste.

75 by Sheila O'Malley

When the film focuses on the wine-making process, in the progression from vine to bottle, it's a fascinating and detailed look at a very specific subculture.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

There doesn’t seem to be a romantic-comedy cliché missing from the bland French domestic Back to Burgundy, a wholly contrived post-adolescent coming-of-age yarn.


Total Film by Simon Kinnear

It’s more of a table wine – inoffensive, middlebrow and, like the scenes of grape harvesting here, hard work.


Slant Magazine by Wes Greene

Cédric Klapisch correlates wine’s complex arrangement of flavors to the complexity of memory itself, which, it should be said, is the most nuanced of the filmmaker’s wine metaphors.

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