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The Guardians

The Guardians

“...with stirring emotional force." - The New York Times

The Guardians

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About the Film

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War. 

 


Starring: Nathalie Baye, Iris Bry, Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud, Mathilde Viseux & Yann Bean
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Release Date: 05/04/18

Reactions

Critics’ Pick. - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Full Review 

“With narrative restraint and a lapidary visual style, Mr. Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Full Review

“A serious-minded and...rather powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are either gone or gone mad.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
Full Review

Awards & Festivals

  • Special Presentation - 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2017 BFI London Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2018 Rendez-vous with French Cinema
  • Official Selection - 2018 COLCOA French Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Cast

Hortense Sandrail: Nathalie Baye
Solange: Laura Smet
Francine Riant: 
Iris Bry
Georges Sandrail: Cyril Descours
Henri: Gilbert Bonneau
Clovis: Olivier Rabourdin
Constant Sandrail: Nicolas Giraud
Marguerite: Mathilde Viseux
John: Yann Bean

Crew

Director: Xavier Beauvois
Screenplay: Xavier Beauvois, Frédérique Moreau, Marie-Julie Maille
Based on the Novel by: Ernest Pérochon
ProducerSylvie Pialat & Benoît Quainon
Co-producers:
 Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Michel Merkt
Director of Photography: Caroline Champetier
EditorMarie-Julie Maille
Production Designer: Yann Megard
Costume Designer: Anaïs Romand
Set Designer: Cécile Deleu
Music: Michel Legrand

Technical Info

Production Year: 2017
Release Date: 05/04/18
Countries of Production: France
Languages: French
Running Time: 2h 15m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: R
For Some Violence and Sexuality

Theaters

New York
New York
5/4/18
Kew Gardens
New York
5/11/18
Los Angeles
California
5/11/18
Encino
California
5/18/18
San Francisco
California
5/18/18
Irvine
California
5/18/18
Pasadena
California
5/18/18
Seattle
Washington
5/18/18
Eugene
Oregon
5/25/18
Arcata
California
5/25/18
Sedona
Arizona
5/25/18
Columbus
Ohio
5/25/18
Santa Fe
New Mexico
5/25/18
Chicago
Illinois
5/25/18
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
6/1/18
Wilmette
Illinois
6/1/18
Hartford
Connecticut
6/1/18
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
6/8/18
Gloucester
Massachusetts
6/8/18
Bloomington
Indiana
6/9/18
Taos
New Mexico
6/10/18
Beaufort
South Carolina
6/11/18
Lafayette
Louisiana
6/11/18
Rochester
New York
6/15/18
Santa Barbara
California
6/15/18
Larkspur
California
6/15/18
Albuquerque
New Mexico
6/15/18
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
6/15/18
Hollywood
Florida
6/15/18
Winston Salem
North Carolina
6/15/18
Coral Gables
Florida
6/15/18
Port Townsend
Washington
6/16/18
Delray Beach
Florida
6/22/18
Fairfax
Virginia
6/22/18
Coral Gables
Florida
6/22/18
Bryn Mawr
Pennsylvania
6/22/18
Washington D.C.
Virginia
6/22/18
Monterey
California
6/29/18
Lincoln
Nebraska
6/29/18
Scottsdale
Arizona
6/29/18
Boise
Idaho
6/29/18
Vancouver
Washington
6/29/18
Portland
Oregon
6/29/18
Hudson
New York
7/5/18
Lansing
Michigan
7/6/18
Grand Rapids
Michigan
7/6/18
Camas
Washington
7/6/18
Oxnard
California
7/9/18
Wilmington
Delaware
7/13/18
Key West
Florida
7/13/18
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
7/15/18
Tunkhannock
Pennsylvania
7/15/18
Staunton
Virginia
7/16/18
Norfolk
Virginia
7/17/18
Washington
District of Columbia
7/18/18
Tacoma
Washington
7/20/18
Chatham
New York
7/22/18
New Orleans
Louisiana
7/24/18
St. Charles
Illinois
8/1/18
Cleveland
Ohio
8/2/18
Houston
Texas
8/4/18
Nevada City
California
8/5/18
Bar Harbor
Maine
8/7/18
Oak Park
Illinois
8/7/18
Damariscotta
Maine
8/9/18
Jaffrey
New Hampshire
8/18/18
Macon
Georgia
8/21/18
St. Johnsbury
Vermont
8/31/18
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
9/7/18
Winchester
Virginia
9/8/18
Downers Grove
Illinois
9/10/18

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Awards & Festivals

  • Special Presentation - 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2017 BFI London Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2018 Rendez-vous with French Cinema
  • Official Selection - 2018 COLCOA French Film Festival

Reactions

Critics’ Pick. - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Full Review 

“With narrative restraint and a lapidary visual style, Mr. Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Full Review

“A serious-minded and...rather powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are either gone or gone mad.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
Full Review

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