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The Guardians Rated 15

The Guardians

Dir. Xavier Beauvois. France, 2017. 2h 15m. French/subs. Starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin.

In the French countryside, a mother and daughter maintain the family farm while the men leave to fight in the First World War. A graceful war drama about the domestic battles away from the frontline, by the director of the award-winning 2010 drama Of Gods and Men.

‘An epic, female-driven wartime melodrama. Xavier Beauvois recreates agricultural life of the period in convincing and extraordinarily detailed fashion.’ ★★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

‘The Guardians is a rewarding and rich film, which offers a delicately considered and often troubling insight into the lives of those left behind by history.’ Pamela Hutchinson, Sight and Sound Magazine