Against the backdrop of World War I, the women at the Paridier farm handle the workload while the men are on the battlefield. The matriarch (Nathalie Bay) hires teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry, in a fine screen debut) to help, and together the women start to modernize the farm. But complicated emotions are stirred up when the men return. Cinematographer Caroline Champetier (Holy Motors) evokes the beauty of the French countryside with a painterly approach.
“A serious-minded and . . . rather powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are either gone or gone mad.” —Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Rated R for some violence and sexuality.