The Guardians



Date: September 21, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Cost: $7/each

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2018 (R) 134 min. France/subtitles
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Iris Bry, Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau

About the Film

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience 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, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine, to help her daughter Solange. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.

“Critics’ Pick.” – A. O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“With narrative restraint and a lapidary visual style, Mr. Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A serious-minded and…rather powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are either gone or gone mad.” – Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Like a series of Monet paintings come to life, the historical drama THE GUARDIANS luxuriates in lush, widescreen images of the French countryside.” – Christy Lemire, ROGEREBERT.COM

“Imagine devoting several years, as Mr. Beauvois did, to making a reflective bucolic feature that is organized around the themes of community and evolving culture. It’s all too subtle for words, but perfect for moving pictures.” – Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL