Back to Burgundy

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Back to Burgundy
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Theatrical release poster
FrenchCe qui nous lie
Directed byCédric Klapisch
Produced byBruno Levy
Written byCédric Klapisch
Santiago Amigorena
Jean-Marc Roulot (collaboration)
StarringPio Marmaï
Ana Girardot
François Civil
Music byLoïc Dury
Christophe Minck
CinematographyAlexis Kavyrchine
Edited byAnne-Sophie Bion
Production
company
Ce Qui Me Meut
France 2 Cinéma
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release date
  • 14 June 2017 (2017-06-14)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Budget$9 million[1]
Box office$11.6 million[2]

Back to Burgundy (French: Ce qui nous lie [What binds us]; working title: Le Vin et le vent [The Wine and the wind]) is a 2017 French drama film directed by Cédric Klapisch, starring Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot and François Civil.[3]

Plot[edit]

Three siblings from Burgundy have to find a way to reconnect with one another when their father falls ill. Jean, Juliette and Jérémie were all trained in the art of winegrowing and production by a father made out to be dominant and controlling. Jérémie (who married locally) and Juliett stayed close to the vineyards in adult life, but Jean left, backpacking around the world and working in the wine industry in Chile, where he met his girlfriend Alicia, and finally buying a vineyard with her in Australia. He missed the death of his mother in France, in part because his son was being born on the same day in Australia. He returns to France 10 years after his departure, as his father is ailing (he dies soon after), with mixed feelings. The plot revolves around his coming to terms with the past, his father, and his relationship with Alicia.

The past and present are interconnected in several scenes of childhood and adulthood in and around the vineyards and the family house. Several plot lines intertwine: 1) on the death of their father, the siblings inherit the property jointly, meaning they have to agree on its future, and they owe a large inheritance tax which they cannot afford to pay. Jean initially wants to sell the entire estate so that they can pay the tax and he can clear outstanding debts in Australia. Then Jérémie's unpleasant father in law tries to buy some of the best land. And finally a complex leasing arrangement is reached that satisfies all three siblings. 2) Jean believes his father hated him, but he finds out after his death via an unopened letter that this was not the case. 3) Jean's relationship with Alicia in Australia is fragile. Juliette believes he still loves Alicia despite their decision to separate, and so she phones Alicia. Alicia travels to France with their son late in the movie, and they are reconciled. They decide to live together in Australia. 4) Jérémie is looked down on by his in-laws and lives in one of their cottages with his wife Océane and their son. They eventually move to their own house and refuse offers of jobs and support.

There are sub-plots referring to Juliette's romantic life, the annual cycle of grape and wine production including the crucial date of harvest, and who has the best winegrowing skills (revealed to be Juliette and Jean, not the older generation).

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 70% based on 37 reviews, and an average rating of 6.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Back to Burgundy finds its own subtle terroir in the well-trod ground of family drama—and should prove particularly intoxicating viewing for oenophiles."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5] Rosi Hanson of Decanter gave the film qualified approval, writing, "I loved this film, but then I love Burgundy. If you do, too, you will forgive the slightly clunky plot and some sentimentality. It's very French in style, and it gets under the skin of Burgundy."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ce Qui Nous Lie (Back to Burgundy) (2017)". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Back to Burgundy (2018) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ Ide, Wendy (3 September 2017). "Back to Burgundy review – a palatable affair". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Back to Burgundy Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ Hanson, Rosi (9 September 2017). "Back to Burgundy – Film review". Decanter. TI Media. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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