Review: The Guardians

The Great War tore apart families across Europe; people sacrificed for what they believed in, both on the front and at home. The Guardians is the story of the Sandrail women of Paridier farm, France. Headed by Hortense (Nathalie Baye), her daughters, and supported by skilful teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry), the daily toil of running the farm, both physical and emotional, must be worked through without cessation – what the men have gone to fight for must still be there upon their return. Director Xavier Beauvois’ vivid, moving tale isn’t one to be missed.