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Movie review: French Protectors, an Open-nostalgic obituary

the First image in an echoing silence: one of the first world war, the hazy battlefield, covered by the dead soldiers in gas mask and uniform. Such an image usu

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Movie review: French Protectors, an Open-nostalgic obituary

the First image in an echoing silence: one of the first world war, the hazy battlefield, covered by the dead soldiers in gas mask and uniform. Such an image usually accompanied by the fateful music in a minor key.

the Second image in the same tangible silence: a pair of oxen tense in front of the a simple plow, and behind them a woman in long skirts and a shawl, which controls the with some stumbling effort over the freshly turn earth.

It is 1915 says a subtitled time.

Xavier Beauvois, who previously directed, among other things, the brilliant ”Gods and humans”, shaping their new movie after a novel by his countryman Ernest Pérochon in the almost total absence of musical episodes.

just a few years after the end of the war. It moves around the women who stayed and did all the heavy work at home on the farm when the men were called out – and died – in the war.

On the big farm in the Limousin moves life in rhythm with the seasons. Sowing, harvesting, cooling, smörkärning, potatoes, milking. Any time will the men on furlough, marked by the war. The years go by. In the village church announced the names of those who died in the war.

In the ruling the centre is Hortense, a definite and grånad woman with all the heavy responsibility for the family and for the farm economics and management. Already in the introduction, losing her youngest son, who is also the village schoolteacher. She is portrayed by Nathalie Baye with restrained sorrow, and with all her skådespelarauktoritet. There is no time for tears.

the Dialogue and dramatiserande music is back for the quiet, painterly tableaux of the hard life on the farm, marked by all the work of the seasons and the outcome requires.

There is also her lovely daughter Solange (Laura Smet), who longs for her husband, but charmed by the happy american soldiers towards the end of the war in the village and provides good economic provision for the farm's products, including the liquor ferment in an outhouse.

the Music and singing will with Francine, convincingly played by the winsome newcomer Iris Care.

Photo: Triart

as lejs as a helping hand to the harvest, but will remain to the end of the war, and that which primarily marks the transition to a more modern time. She sets the tone for emancipation and women's right to love without regard for social skrankor. Hortense recognizes himself in the young Francine, stimulated to the daring investments in a lie detection - but choose not to ultimately disappoint her.

above all, It is around these three women, ”Protectors,” circuits, with the war absolute futility that dark background.

But Xavier Beauvois accurate and the slow depiction of the work on the farm turns it rather into a beautifully lit and closest to Skansen-wise nostalgic obituary than to a real living memorial for the women who bar the time which will irrevocably fled.

See more: ”Heavenly days” (1978) ”Träskoträdet” (1978) tv series ”Good night earth” (1979).

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