‘The Guardians’ Review: Dir. Xavier Beauvois (2018)

The Guardians review: Xavier Beauvois’ film explores the lives of a group of women who are left behind to work a family farm during World War I.

The Guardians review by Andrew Gaudion.

The First World War is not often the focus when it comes to cinematic depictions of a war-time experience, with films focusing on the Second World War being more prevalent. An even more neglected aspect of a war-time experience on screen is of the women and families who are left to keep business running as normal back at home. Both of these experiences are the focus of Xavier Beauvois’ (Of Gods and Men) latest film, set amongst the rural farmland of France during the First World War. Beauvois uses this neglected experience to bring to life a story of perseverance against the upheaval of The Great War.

The Guardians takes place on the Pandier Farm, which has
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