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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

  • Les petits mouchoirs

    Les petits mouchoirs

  • La vie en miettes

    La vie en miettes

  • La guerre des boutons

    La guerre des boutons

  • La peau de chagrin

    La peau de chagrin

  • Deux moi

    Deux moi

  • Les gardiennes

    Les gardiennes

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Les guardiennes
Les gardiennes
In 1915 rural France, with the men at war it's left to the women to manage the land. Hortense Sandrail is the matriarch who, with her daughter, Solange, do all the heavy work. This is pre-industrialised farming and it is constant hard graft.

To ease the burden Hortense employs a young woman, Francine, who comes highly recommended and is indeed a hard worker who quickly adopts her new family, she being an orphan.

Hortense has two sons in the war, Constant and Georges. We see Constant early in the film before he goes back to the front. We also see Clovis, the husband of Solange. But it is when Georges returns from the front that the story takes a turn that will ultimately lead to great sadness.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning while the film is almost devoid of a soundtrack. In fact the dialogue is also very sparse and at times the silence is quite strange.

If you are intrigued by the rural life of the times then you will be absorbed by this film. It is also, one feels, an accurate depiction of the lives of rural people. I found a very interesting review that delves into the actual history of the time.
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