Back to Burgundy is an insight into rural France’s viticulture and the effect that has on families who spend lives dedicated to harvesting and producing wine.
Natasha Marler reveiws the film, which is showing in our cinema until 19 October.
The film opens with panoramic views of the changing and tranquil seasons, inviting you to sit back, take it easy and enjoy the mood of a peaceful film (instead of spending the whole time on the edge of your seat like most Hollywood films).
The narrative is driven by a family, distanced by the leaving of the eldest son (played by the captivating Pio Marmaï). He returns to Burgundy after the father falls ill and co-incidentally when his brother (François Civil) and sister (Ana Girardot) need assistance with the vendage.
The dialogue is mostly French, although easy to follow. You won’t find yourself lost in subtitles but instead can enjoy the cinematography of the enchanting rows of vines which follow the land for as far as the eye can see.
Back to Burgundy is a very charming film portraying real people who have real problems. The nature of the film is raw and delicate; however it does have its edge which keeps you wanting to see what happens next.
It’s refreshing to see the middle-child, the sister, find her voice and place in the business, despite her initial self-doubt. Throughout the film, you watch characters develop, each in their own way, making you feel attached to them, revealing their self-discovery and where they belong.