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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

Reactions

“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 - 2017 Rendez-vous with French Cinema

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
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
Pasadena
California
5/11/18
Los Angeles
California
5/11/18
Encino
California
5/11/18
Seattle
Washington
5/18/18
Santa Fe
New Mexico
5/18/18
Columbus
Ohio
5/25/18
Chicago
Illinois
5/25/18
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
6/1/18
Lafayette
Louisiana
6/11/18
Rochester
New York
6/15/18
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
7/15/18
Houston
Texas
8/4/18

The Guardians - Press Page

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Awards & Festivals

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

Reactions

“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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