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  • Drama
  • 2 t. 14 min.

Slow-burning, potent period drama from the director of 'Of Gods And Men'.

Originaltittel: Les Gardiennes
Regi: Xavier Beauvois
Språk: fransk
Nasjonalitet: Frankrike / Sveits
Produksjonsår: 2017

Meditative in its pacing, painterly in composition, quietly devastating in its low-key drama, the latest film from Xavier Beauvois shares some of the slow-burning potency of his acclaimed study of religious faith, Of Gods And Men. Like that film, this is a picture which embraces the gentle rhythms of a simple lifestyle, set against a backdrop of fundamental and permanent change. This is a strikingly beautiful work which could match Gods as an arthouse heavy-hitter, and will certainly find a warm reception in further festival slots.

Året er 1915 og Frankrike er i krig med Tyskland. Franske byer og landsbyer tømmes for unge, arbeidsføre menn. Mange av dem vender aldri hjem og noen vender hjem lemlestet. Dette fikk selvfølgelig store konsekvenser for livet på landsbygden og det harde arbeidet måtte i sin helhet overlates til kvinner, barn og gamle menn. Xavier Beauvois, som mange vil huske for "Om guder og mennesker", har laget en vakker og stillferdig film om livet på den franske landsbygden i begynnelsen av 1900-tallet. Det var stor forskjell på folk, og moralske koder som ikke gjelder lenger styrte folks liv og skjebne. Nathalie Baye spiller den eldre matriarken som mye av handlingen utspiller seg rundt og hennes handlinger får store konsekvenser for alle rundt henne.

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French director Xavier Beauvois' intimate drama explores the lives of women who are left behind to work a family farm during the Great War.

As the centenary of the First World War is being observed, a number of very fine films have set out to understand this period in modern history, a period that shook apart the world and moved us into a new era of mechanized death. Xavier Beauvois' beautifully rendered Les Gardiennes concentrates on a family of French farmers as an example of how the war impacted his own country.

The year is 1916, the year of Verdun, perhaps the most important year for the French of the entire war. The women of the Pardier farm, under the deft hand of the family's matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front.

When a young outsider to the area arrives, her help is initially welcomed; Francine is a good worker, honest and upright. But when the sons return on leave, emotions are stirred, in turn ruffling local sensibilities - and prompting a powerful narrative pivot.

The scope of Les Gardiennes is intimate, yet Beauvois revels in the beauties and mysteries of the French countryside, here unravaged by war. In moments reminiscent of Malick's Days of Heaven, the rituals of farm work are celebrated, but the focus remains on the intricate family drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War. (Omtale fra Toronto)

Medvirkende: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud, Mathilde Viseux-Ely

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