The Sower (Le Semeur)
The winner of the prestigious New Director competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Marine Francen’s debut is a sensual, visually stunning historical romance.
In 1851, France’s autocratic President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. The women spend years in total isolation, forced to tend the crops themselves.
Some women have lost their husbands; others, like the shy but inwardly strong Violette, suddenly have no chance of experiencing physical love or motherhood. The women take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover.
When a mysterious and handsome stranger arrives, he ignites passions and jealousies that threaten to destroy the tight-knit community. In the vein of THE BEGUILED and THE GUARDIANS, this strikingly beautiful film is a part of a new wave of female-focused historical drama.
"delicately wrought and exquisitely visualized"
"relentless beauty...you want to take certain shots and hang them on the wall"
"A finely etched miniature of quietly cumulative emotional impact."
Directed by Marine Francen
In French with English Subtitles
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