| 2018 – 135′ – Drama / History-,
Co-Written & Directed by Xavier Beauvois.
Starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Olivier Rabourdin, Cyril Descours.
Official Selection COLCOA French Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival.
In French with English subtitles.
A Music Box Films release.|
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 (played by radiant newcomer and Cesar nominated 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.