The Guardians

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The Guardians proves that the oft-unraveled canvas of World War I still has fresh stories to tell -- and adds another gorgeously filmed entry to Xavier Beauvois' filmography.

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Frenchwomen maintain a farm while their husbands and sons fight in World War I.

Cast & Crew

Nathalie Baye
Hortense Sandrail
Iris Bry
Francine Riant
Cyril Descours
Georges Sandrail
Gilbert Bonneau
Henri Sandrail
Nicolas Giraud
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Mathilde Viseux
Marguerite Sandrail
Xavier Beauvois
Screenwriter
Frédérique Moreau
Screenwriter
Caroline Champetier
Cinematographer
Michel Legrand
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Yann Megard
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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (4)

  • Full of the sleepy rhythms of rural life, this beautiful-looking French drama has a powerful story of emancipation stitched into its period garb.

    August 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A story of women waiting for their soldiers to return, this unfolds in fairly predictable fashion, though the film's solemnity is seductive.

    April 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A pleasing Sunday-afternoon wallow - but not a transcendent one.

    August 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like an 18th-century novel, it's fascinating, incredibly detailed and a bit too long.

    August 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Beauvois's vision of the period is totally convincing, and his depiction of hardscrabble farm life rings with a quiet vibrancy...

    August 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The beauty and the pathos of the film are vivid in every frame.

    August 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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