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The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018)



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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.


Nathalie Baye
as Hortense Sandrail
Iris Bry
as Francine Riant
Laura Smet
as Solange
Cyril Descours
as Georges Sandrail
Nicolas Giraud
as Constant Sandrail
Mathilde Viseux
as Marguerite
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

A sober, quietly affecting wartime drama.

September 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Les gardiennes is another gracefully-directed film by Beauvois, and it gifts the audience with another perfect arrangement from Legrand, three gripping performances from Smet, Baye, and Bry, and plenty of eye-catching imagery to make up for a slow pace.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

... extraordinary film... [Full review in Spanish]

December 5, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While treating us with flashes of van Gogh-inspired beauty when the women are plowing and sowing, he trusts us to put together that these wheat-field warriors really are the pioneers of modern agriculture.

November 10, 2017 | Full Review…

A genuinely astounding piece of filmmaking which is as beautiful as it is essential.

October 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a picture which embraces the gentle rhythms of a simple lifestyle, set against a backdrop of fundamental and permanent change.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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