This unhurried historical drama set in World War 1 allows us to appreciate the painterly light of rural France as interpreted by gifted cinematographer Caroline Champetier. We follow women left behind to tend the land without their menfolk who were facing the horrors of war. Its underlying focus is on humanity in all its complications at a time of great distress. Everyone is damaged, but this is understated in a film that emanates calm and reads like a Monet painting.
XAVIER BEAUVOIS│FRANCE│138 MINS│2017 │15
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