An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. Headlining an incredible cast of women actresses, the women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye, FFC Festival 2016 special guest) 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 (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.
Film Followed by Q & A: Joe Meyers
DIRECTED BY: Xavier Beauvois
LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 134 minutes