The Guardians

France, 2017, 134 min, Dir. Xavier Beauvois, Not Rated, French with English Subtitles

Showings

Coral Gables Art Cinema Fri, Jun 15 5:00 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Fri, Jun 15 7:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Jun 16 5:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Jun 16 8:00 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jun 17 3:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jun 17 6:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Jun 18 7:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Jun 19 7:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, Jun 20 4:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, Jun 20 7:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, Jun 21 4:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, Jun 21 7:15 PM

Description

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 (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, Ms. Baye’s real-life daughter). 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.