DIRECTOR: CEDRIC KLAPISCH
FRANCE / 2017
FRIDAY NOON / CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 113 MINS
Story strands intertwine like vines in this engaging family drama about three siblings who inherit their family’s winery in Burgundy – an easy-drinking vintage of a movie
There are two things that the French not only love but also take very seriously: their films and their vino. In Back to Burgundy Jean returns to the family’s Burgundy vineyard from Australia, leaving his own family and vineyard to visit the dying father whose influence he fled 10 years earlier. His sister, Juliette, now runs the wine business but as a woman she struggles to be taken seriously; the youngest brother, Jérémie is browbeaten by an overbearing father-in-law. Wine flows through the veins of all three but they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again as Inheritance Tax has to be paid on the astronomically valuable estate. The story is set in and around the family winery over the course of roughly four seasons and two harvests, with the gorgeous landscapes showcased in everything from time-lapse photography to overhead shots, drone footage and seasonal side-by-side split-screen. A visually stunning look behind the scenes at Burgundy villages, vineyards and winemaking.