The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les gardiennes) France (2017) Dir. Xavier Beauvois Stories from World War I continue to appear, adding new perspectives to improve our understanding of what life was like during this period, even when fictionalised. One area seldom explored is the women left to run the home whilst the men were fighting in the trenches, … Continue reading The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) France (2017) Dir. Claire Denis In the romance game, finding “The One” is a thankless task for many people. Generally, this is undertaken while people are still young, unlike the subject of this mordant essay about dating in your later years. 50-something Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a … Continue reading Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

  Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) France (2010) Dir. Xavier Beauvois In war torn Algeria, a group of nine Trappist monks live and work at the Monastery de l'Atlas of Tibhirine, bringing aid and comfort to the local community around which is predominantly Muslim. As the war intensifies a group of … Continue reading Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)