The Sower

Le semeur


Friday, Nov. 2 at 4:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Based on Violette Ailhaud’s autobiographical “The Seed Man” — celebrating its centennial in 2019 — “The Sower” centers on Violette (Pauline Burlet), who’s just old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the repression that follows the Republican uprising of December 1851. For the next two years, the village is completely cut off. The women swear an oath that if a man should come, he will become their shared husband, so that life may continue to flourish in each of their wombs. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “‘The Beguiled’ meets ‘Black Narcissus’ in debutante writer-director Marine Francen’s ‘The Sower (Le semeur),’ a finely etched miniature of quietly cumulative emotional impact. Strongly performed by the ensemble cast, with moon-eyed Burlet particularly affecting (as a character some years older than her literary equivalent), ‘The Sower’ takes its visual cues from paintings of the period, most obviously Realist giant Jean-Francois Millet.”

98 min.

Directed by

Marine Francen


Belgium France

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus Women in Film Spotlight


Sex War Women's Issues


Historical Drama