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The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: The Guardians

The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of The Guardians by Xavier Beauvois.

The Guardians  / Les Gardiennes by Xavier Beauvois
2017 – France – 138 min 
July 18 | 8:00 p.m.

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 the family’s matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the work while the men are off at the front.
Hortense reluctantly brings on a hard-scrabble outsider to help her daughter. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, and newfound independence is acquired. When the men return from the front on short leaves, emotions are stirred.

Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods And Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside with painterly images bathed in natural light while keeping his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.

The Guardians is an intimate French epic, 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

In French with English subtitles.

The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre takes places every third Wednesday of the month.

The French Cinémathèque series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5Monde.