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The Guardians
The Guardians
111 Ratings


The women of the Paridier farm must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. Hortense, the family’s matriarch, reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble orphan, Francine. Newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred when the men return on short leaves.

Our take

Xavier Beauvois’ vivid WWI drama is a fiercely compassionate portrayal of the quiet toll of war on the home front. Caroline Champetier’s (Annette) lush cinematography, reminiscent of paintings by Monet and Renoir, imbues the French countryside with a melancholy that pulses beneath the surface.