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Francin Riant, a kind orphan girl, who has a miserable life, till working in a farm, as during the Great War, men of the farm have to leave, in order to defend their country, leaving the farm to women to run it, but with the coming of the harvest, the mother asks for help, so the mayor recommends Francin for her, as she manages to win their heart.
Set in a quiet corner of France, The Guardians is a study of women, often mothers, daughters, and sisters, on the home front during World War I as they combat the everyday and the uncertainty often brought with conflict.
Imagine devoting several years, as Mr. Beauvois did, to making a reflective, bucolic feature that is organized around the themes of community and evolving culture. It's all too subtle for words, but perfect for moving pictures.
The performances are extraordinary, as they often are in Beauvois' films, with Baye a study in quiet suffering and Bry wonderfully enigmatic - seemingly simple, but hinting at a soul capable of expansion and adaptation.