THE GUARDIANS
Filmfest 2018

German Age Rating

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During World War I, while her sons and husband are at the front, Hortense takes care of the family farm while her daughter, Solange, does the housework. As harvest time approaches, Hortense hires young Francine to help out. Francine becomes indispensable and part of the family. Things get complicated when one of the sons, George, returns from the war and shows an interest in Francine although he is promised to another. What's more, the village suspects Solange of selling not only homemade brandy but also her body to American soldiers. A subtle drama by Xavier Beauvois, award-winner in Cannes for OF GODS AND MEN (2010), with enchanting scenery and scenes of work in the fields that are reminiscent of Terrence Malick's DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978).

tags: Work, Women, History, Nature, Feature film

Cast: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau

Credits

Screenplay: Xavier Beauvois, Marie-Julie Maille, Frédérique Moreau

Original Material: Ernest Pérochon

Director of Photography: Caroline Champetier

Film Editor: Marie-Julie Maille

Composer: Michel Legrand

Production Designer: Yann Megard

Costume Design: Anaïs Romand

Sound: Christophe Giovanonni, Loïc Prian, Damien Boitel, Éric Bonnard

Producer: Benoît Quainon, Sylvie Pialat

Co-Producer: Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Michel Merkt, Romain Le Grand, Vivien Aslanian

Production Company: Les Films du Worso

Co-Production Company: Rita Production, Pathé, Orange Studio, France 3 Cinéma, KNM, Versus production, RTS Radio Télevision Suisse

World Sales: Pathé Distribution

Director: Xavier Beauvois

biography

Xavier Beauvois, born in Auchel, Pas de Calais, in 1967, is a French actor, author, and director. Self-taught, he made his first short film, LE MATOU, in 1986. His first feature film, NORD, followed in 1991; for this, he wrote the screenplay, played the leading role, and directed the film. He also starred in his second film, DON'T FORGET YOU'RE GOING TO DIE (1995), which won the Jury Award at the Cannes film festival. Beauvois's 2010 film OF GODS AND MEN is based on a true story of Trappist monks in Algeria who must face a group of terrorists; it received a César for best picture and was France's entry for the Academy Award in the category of best foreign-language film. In 2014, Beauvois directed the comedy THE PRICE OF FAME, about three crooks who decide to dig up Charlie Chaplin's body in order to get a ransom from the actor's family.