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The Guardians (2017)

Les gardiennes (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 4 May 2018 (USA)
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Women are left behind to work a family farm during the Great War.

Director:

Xavier Beauvois

Writers:

Xavier Beauvois (scenario), Frédérique Moreau (scenario) | 2 more credits »
11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Hortense Sandrail
Laura Smet ... Solange
Iris Bry ... Francine Riant
Cyril Descours Cyril Descours ... Georges Sandrail
Gilbert Bonneau Gilbert Bonneau ... Henri Sandrail
Olivier Rabourdin ... Clovis
Nicolas Giraud ... Constant Sandrail
Mathilde Viseux Mathilde Viseux ... Marguerite Sandrail (as Mathilde Viseux-Ely)
Xavier Maly ... Edgar
Marie-Julie Maille Marie-Julie Maille ... La Monette
Madeleine Beauvois Madeleine Beauvois ... Jeanne, la fille de la Monette
Alain Artur Alain Artur ... Le maire
Adrien Denizou Adrien Denizou ... Le maire de la Monette
Yann Bean ... John - un soldat américain
Michel Lamy Michel Lamy ... Le père
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Storyline

1915. Life at the Paridier farm has changed dramatically since the men of the family (Constant, Georges and Clovis) left home to go and fight on the front line. Hortense Sandrail, Henri and Constant's mother and Clovis' mother-in-law, has taken over courageously but, although helped by her daughter Solange, she finds it hard to get by with all the workload. When harvest time comes, she makes up her mind to hire a farmhand but she is too late and no man is available. The mayor then recommends her an orphan named Francine Riant, who could do. Hortense agrees and the choice soon appears a blessing, as the girl proves perfect: well-mannered and respectful, she is also a hard worker who does not balk at any task. Hortense, Solange and her form an effective trio, who make the most of the situation. One day, Georges comes back to the farm on leave and he falls in love with Francine. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

France 1915. Men on the battlefield. Women on the homefront.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

French visa # 143071. See more »

Soundtracks

La chanson des blés d'or
Lyrics by Camille Soubise and L. Lemaître
Music by Frédéric Doria
(1882)
Sung a cappella by Iris Bry
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User Reviews

 
Almost in a class by itself.
15 July 2018 | by BachfeuerSee all my reviews

Few tho they are, the previous user reviews do well at putting this superb film in context--even while underrating it. I thought JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING were simply the best films made in the 80s. This film, with its related French provincial peasant saga, is very nearly as good. FRANTZ and A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT are very distinguished recent comparables. Enjoy!


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Country:

Switzerland | France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,479, 6 May 2018

Gross USA:

$177,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,167,608
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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