The Guardians/Les Gardiennes

France, Switzerland 2017
Directors: Xavier Beauvois

Showing: 13 March 2019

The title of Xavier Beauvois’ film, the lush visuals of which have been compared with a series of Monet paintings, refers to the women left to run a family farm while their menfolk are away fighting in World War I. It covers a five-year period from 1915, at the end of which a betrayal in the domestic realm, rather than the tragedies reported from the front line, leads to crisis within the women’s world of work, grieving and preparations for peace.

(138 mins, 15, French with sub-titles)