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The Guardians

Xavier Beauvois



1915. The men are in the front and the women had to act themselves as guards of farms. A mother, Hortense, a tireless worker, hires Francine, a young woman of the welfare services to assist her because her own daughter Solange, jibs submitting himself. Between Hortense and mutual Francine, a respect and a recognition become established straightaway. But to save the cohesion of her family, Hortense is going to have to sacrifice the young woman and pay the price...


Les films du Worso, Rita Productions, Pathé, Orange Studio, France 3 Cinéma, KNM, Versus production et RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Financial Partners

Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Cofinova 13, Indéfilms 5, Soficinéma 13 et Cinéfeel 3, CNC


Xavier Beauvois, Frédérique Moreau et Marie-Julie Maille d'après le roman éponyme de Ernest Pérochon


Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry



International sales

Pathé Distribution

Festivals and awards

• Toronto international film festival
• Geneva International Film Festival 

• César 

4 Nominations : 

- Best promising actress

- Best adaptation

- Best cinematography

- Best costume design

• Hong Kong International Festival 

• Rendez-Vous With French Cinema (New York, Paris)

• The Alliance Française French Film Festival (Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande)

• Tokyo international film festival