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Wild Reeds (1994)

Les roseaux sauvages (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 May 1995 (USA)
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In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

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André Téchiné
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Élodie Bouchez ... Maïté Alvarez
Gaël Morel ... François Forestier
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... Serge Bartolo
Frédéric Gorny Frédéric Gorny ... Henri Mariani
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Madame Alvarez
Jacques Nolot ... Monsieur Morelli
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Pierre Bartolo, the Groom
Nathalie Vignes Nathalie Vignes ... Irène, the Bride
Michel Ruhl Michel Ruhl ... Monsieur Cassagne
Fatia Maite Fatia Maite ... Aicha Morelli
Claudine Taulère Claudine Taulère ... Nurse
Elodie Soulinhac Elodie Soulinhac ... Colette, Girl at Party
Dominique Bovard Dominique Bovard ... Guard
Monsieur Simonet Monsieur Simonet ... Guard
Chief Officer Carre Chief Officer Carre ... Officer
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Storyline

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to try to escape from the war in Algeria, and Henri, a pied-noir (Algerian-born Frenchman). Francois and Serge will have a homosexual relationship, but Serge wants to marry his brother's wife... Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Reeds See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$807,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$807,775
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After his brother's funeral, Serge is speaking with Maïté, and he tells her that he likes her hair because it reminds him of Françoise Hardy. Hardy is a French singer and actress, more famous for her singing, whose first recordings were released in 1962, which is the time setting for this film, when Hardy would have been approximately the same age as the main characters, 18 years old. One of her first recordings, "Tous les garçons et les filles" was a major hit in France in 1962, selling over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record. Even though there was a reference to Hardy in the script, Hardy's songs were not part of the sound track, and she did not appear in the film (her first acting credit was the following year, 1963). See more »

Goofs

One of the songs featured at the party which Maïté and François go to after the movie is "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys, which was recorded and released in the fall of 1965, a full three years after the 1962 time setting for this movie. See more »

Quotes

François Forestier: You think you're smart. You're just a tacky Tarzan.
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Alternate Versions

Shorter TV version released under the title Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge: Le chêne et le roseau (1994) (TV) See more »


Soundtracks

Barbara Ann
Written by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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A complex and graceful drama - among the finest French dramas of the 90s
18 September 2003 | by davidalsSee all my reviews

On all fronts WILD REEDS is a top-notch drama - offering a look into the lives of 4 teenagers at a boarding school in rural France in the early 60s, this film is complex and immaculately well-made. Unusual in films depicting adolescence, WILD REEDS is complex and sophisticated, respectful of its' characters' varying sexualities (and their struggles to accept same), while also offering other glimpses of their intelligence and growing independence: views on the Algerian war, which was then raging, and on communism (with one character defined as communist, and another as an ardent anti-communist). The lush cinematography is summery and beautiful throughout, and the cast (most whom have gone on to other notable films) is great throughout.

Techine's direction gives the many strands of this story a great, personal feel - the shoe store scene stands out as an honest depiction of an individual recognizing and trying to accept his sexuality, and attempting to identify other gay people, as a way of lessening isolation, and in an attempt at spontaneously finding some sort of role model. Very thoughtful and very well-made.


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