The Guardians / Les Gardiennes

 Violence & sex scenes

Director: Xavier Beauvois
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Iris Bry, Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud
Country: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Belgium
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: WWI, Drama
Duration: 134 min
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Screening only in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Havelock North, Nelson and Wellington

“Meditative in its pacing, painterly in composition.” ScreenDaily

Synopsis

1915, rural France. A mother and daughter have taken over the farmwork from the men who have gone to war. They work relentlessly, their lives following the rhythm of hard labour and the occasional return of the men on leave. Hortense, the mother, hires Francine, a young woman who grew up in state care, to help on the farm. Francine believes she has at last found a family…

Cannes Grand Prize winner Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men, 2010) returns with a World War I-set drama starring Nathalie Baye, real-life daughter Laura Smet and newcomer Iris Bry. These three actresses deliver very strong performances as three women appropriating their own lives and destinies when faced with war and the absence of men.

Beauvois carefully draws a strong feminine portrait, a slow-paced but strikingly beautiful homage to women during WWI. At the same time pure and very dense, in a richly composed widescreen format, the film tells its story through the cycle of life on a farm: the planting, the harvesting. The beautifully filmed faces showcase truer than life characters, with their vulnerability and strengths. Les Gardiennes — the French title fittingly expressing the feminine — is a film about war that never shows the war itself but instead aspects of it rarely told.

Trailer

Screenings

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Fri 16 March 6:05 pm

AUCKLAND – BERKELEY CINEMAS TAKAPUNA
Sun 4 March 5:40 pm

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Thu 8 March 6:00 pm
Sun 18 March 1:30 pm

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Sun 18 March 3:40 pm E *
Fri 23 March 6:00 pm E
* Includes introduction in partnership with Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture & Heritage

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Thu 15 March 8:15 pm
Sat 24 March 5:40 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sat 31 March 8:00 pm

HAMILTON – LIDO CINEMA
Sun 25 March 7:45 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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