Best Adapted Screenplay
Cesar Awards
Most Promising Actress
Cesar Awards
Best Cinematography (Meilleure photo)
Cesar Awards
Ms. Baye, one of the great living French screen actresses, is steely and magnificent, even as it is Ms. Bry who finally captures the film's energy.
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The Guardians

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.

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

Played at

Playhouse 7, 5.18.18 - 5.24.18
Town Center 5, 5.18.18 - 5.24.18
Royal, 5.11.18 - 5.24.18
Rated R This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 135 min
Language: French

  • Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Cesar Awards
  • Nominee, Most Promising Actress, Cesar Awards
  • Nominee, Best Cinematography (Meilleure photo), Cesar Awards
  • Nominee, Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes), Cesar Awards
FEATURED REVIEW: Peter Debruge, Variety
How many films about World War I have omitted female characters, or else relegated them to the margins, reduced to a face in a worn photograph or the scrawl in a tattered love letter? An austere corrective to more than a century of under-representation, “The Guardians” te...