The Sower

Directed by Marine Francen
Film Movement
98 Minutes
Not Rated

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, Marine Francen strikingly beautiful first feature is a part of a new wave of female-focused historical drama.

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  • "The Beguiled meets Black Narcissus in debutante writer-director Marine Francen's The Sower, a finely etched miniature of quietly cumulative emotional impact."
    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "[A] seductive first feature.... Ravishingly shot... with quietly authoritative performances by an almost exclusively female cast...."
    Lee Marshall, Screen International
  • "A luscious celebration of 19th century bucolic fertility...."
    Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies

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