The Guardians


A quietly affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I in the new film from Of Gods and Men director Xavier Beauvois. France, 1916: due to a shortage of men, teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry) is hired to work on the farm of the hardened Hortense (Nathalie Baye) and her loitering daughter Solange (Laura Smet). When a romance forms between Francine and Hortense’s son Georges (Cyril Descours), a soldier on leave from the frontlines, their love is tested not only by the war but also by the complex social fabric of the community. Composed in painterly images bathed in natural light, in moments reminiscent of Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh, this intimate epic traces the journey of a young woman weathering turbulent times—and refusing to be defeated.



Now playing

IRVINE - Regal Edwards Westpark 8

LOS ANGELES - Laemmle Royal Theatre

LOS ANGELES (Encino) - Laemmle Town Center 5

LOS ANGELES (Pasadena) - Laemmle Playhouse 7

NEW YORK - Quad Cinema

SAN FRANCISCO - Vogue Theater
Opens May 25
LAGUNA NIGUEL - Regency Rancho Niguel
Opening June 1
HARTFORD - Real Art Ways
Opening June 8
BLOOMINGTON - June 9 - The Ryder
LAFAYETTE - June 11 - Cane Film Series
WINSTON SALEM - Aperture Cinema
Opening June 15
ALBUQUERQUE - Guild Cinema
HOLLYWOOD - Cinema Paradiso
SANTA BARBARA - Riviera Theatre @ SBIFF
Opening June 29
BOISE - The Flicks
Coming in July
OKLAHOMA CITY - July 15 - Oklahoma City Museum of Art