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The Guardians

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 (Nathalie Baye,) 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 (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). 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 (Of Gods and Men) 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.

The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)
Directed by: Xavier Beauvois
Written by: Xavier Beauvois & Frédérique Moreau
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry...
Year: 2017
Runtime: 135 mins
In French with English subtitles
Released by: Music Box Films

Opens in New York on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Quad Cinemas
Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Laemmle


Opening in Chicago, IL on May 25, 2018 at Music Box Theatre

Opening in Columbus, OH on May 25, 2018 at Gateway Film Center

More dates and locations are available through Music Box Films