The Guardians

The Guardians

Les gardiennes

DVD - 2018 | French
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An affecting human drama of love, loss, and strength unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return.


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Jul 22, 2019

Thankfully the subtites helped me understand & appreciate a beautifully made film showing the many sides of war. After reading several reviews I so agree with uncommon reader & Indy comments that help expand my thoughts. I like historical accounts. This one dealt more with what was happening away from the battle, how women had to take up the daily business of getting on. That 'getting' on has become foreign now days, now it's the women who are also in the war, the actual battle. Those women plowing will plow again during the following war and the detitus left behind will then be uncovered as bodies and live munitions. Men will continue to use women, abuse and discard - it's part of the war machine and human nature. Yes, it was slow, for a purpose. If you want fast action, battle, etc. this is not a film you'll appreciate. Excellent acting, great use of color.

May 16, 2019

Slow but very nice movie showing also the hard labour of farm life. I was not bored at any time during the movie.

Apr 15, 2019

Found the movie slow. The storyline picked up in the second hour. A movie about strong women during wartime, who endure and have to make difficult decisions.

Apr 01, 2019

Beautiful to look at and refreshing to have a film in which the main characters are women and workers/farmers.

IndyPL_JoannaW Jan 26, 2019

The Guardians is a subtitled French film that runs two hours and fifteen minutes. (I dislike subtitles, but did not find them distracting here.) This is due to the beauty of the settings. Who knew that a row of women scything grain could be so lovely, or that watching American soldiers learning how to thresh could be entertaining? There is no fast action packed adventure here; this is a movie to savor. The general plot is the life of French farm women while the men are fighting in WWI. The film shows the women’s dignity and strength while doing backbreaking work. The most intriguing relationship is between the matriarch and the hired girl. And what a satisfying ending!

Jan 19, 2019

It's a little bit too long and flat in story line. This particular copy of bluray didn't play smoothly and that was annoying and ruined the whole experience.

Jan 10, 2019

A very good period detail film about rural France from 1915-20 showing the lives of several women in one small village. With all the young men away at war,the women young and old keep the farms running. It shows how life in rural areas tranforming from hard manual labour to mechanization and changing mores of society. A bit slow but never boring and very good performances by everyone especially Iris Bry and Nathalie Baye.

d2013 Dec 16, 2018

While most men are gone to war, the dailiness of farm life must go on. A quietly emotional movie and visual beautiful. Great cast too!

Dec 03, 2018

Magnifique film, Nathalie Baye est sublime comme toujours. L’histoire est triste mais tellement réaliste. À ne pas manquer.

Nov 04, 2018

Another good film from Xavier Beauvois following Des dieux et des hommes, describes lives in a farm situated in South-West France in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, reminding you of those French paintings. How lovely music and song! Does the ending ring a bell, like Paths of Glory?


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