Marine Francen’s magnificently photographed debut, is a tribute to female friendship, survival and first love. Violette is old enough to marry in 1852 when her mountain village is brutally deprived of all its men in a coup by Napoleon III. The women spend months in total isolation showing remarkable resilience as they tend to their harvest. As the seasons pass they take an oath that if a man comes, he will be shared amongst them. For Violette this is harder said than done, as the feelings of first love are tainted by her loyalty to her sisterhood.

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