Directed by Cedric Klapisch, Back to Burgundy is a drama set in the rolling hills of one of the most celebrated wine making districts in France.
In an evocative, slow transitioning of the seasons the film explores the lives of siblings Jean (Pio Marmai), Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jeremie (Francois Civil) over one year.
The eldest Jean is called home after a long absence from his Burgundy domain with the looming death of his winemaker father.
As three siblings face the crisis together they struggle to sort out their personal differences along with the fate of their father’s legacy.
The film offers plenty of comedy as it explores the notion of family and the ties that bonds us. As beautiful rendering of the fleeting nature of childhood and offering delightful, light hearted moments the film explores how a parent’s love can shape us.
The casting is superb! Ana Giradot plays her role with finesse as Juliette, an up and coming young vintner. While Pio Marmai and Francois Civil bring genuine camaraderie and spirited performances as Juliette’s brothers Jean and Jeremie.
The cinematography is a celebration of a much loved region in France and it will make you want to reach for a fine bottle of burgundy to share with friends and family.
Words by Elizabeth Lamont
Details: 29th French Film Festival I Palace Centro and Barracks Cinemas Brisbane | 8 March – 4 April 2018