The Guardians

Switzerland/France, 138m, DCP

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Screened May 4–June 14, 2018

As the men of the French countryside leave to fight in WWI, matriarch Nathalie Baye assumes responsibility for the family farm. She enlists a teenage orphan to help, but emotions are stirred when the warriors return to the homefront. The latest from Beauvois (director of Le Petit Lieutenant and Of Gods and Men) is a stirring, intimate portrait of women’s work both physical and emotional, featuring gorgeous cinematography from Caroline Champetier and a score from the great Michel Legrand. A Music Box Films release

In French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation), BFI London Film Festival, Rendez-vous with French Cinema

A film by Xavier Beauvois

Mr. Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.”

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times