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Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 55
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Precious to a fault, Wild Grass finds 88-year-old director Alain Resnais as joyously unconstrained as ever.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Precious to a fault, Wild Grass finds 88-year-old director Alain Resnais as joyously unconstrained as ever.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 1,436


Movie Info

A wallet lost and found opens the door -- slightly -- to Georges and Marguerite's romantic adventure. After examining the ID of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn in to the police the red wallet he has found. Nor can Marguerite retrieve her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about the person who found it. As George and Marguerite navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their everyday lives.

PG (for some thematic material, language and brief smoking)
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Alex Réval
In Theaters:
Oct 26, 2010
Box Office:
Sony Classic Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (28) | DVD (1)

Alain Resnais keeps sprouting marvelous artistic herbage at an age when most of his contemporaries are pushing up grass from a different perspective.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Top Critic

At age 88, Resnais hasn't lost his capacity to confound.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

What can you say: The French sure know how to make pretty pictures.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Wild Grass might be the strangest film I've seen all year. Maybe all millennium. Is it any good? Quite frankly, I have no idea.

July 23, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Along with such fantasy elements as rich, primary colors and an ending that suggests we've jumped to some other cinematic dimension, Wild Grass, like compulsive filmmaking, embraces the intensity of subjective experience...

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

At 88, the legendary French director Alain Resnais has earned the right to make whatever movie he wants, even a smug deconstructionist parlor game like Wild Grass. Thankfully, this doesn't require you to watch it.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A confounding psychodrama that made me laugh in the scenes that were meant to be serious and remain mute in the scenes that were meant to be amusing.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Resnais is having fun here, possibly at the expense of audiences who demand tradition.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

... a delightful reminder of the romantic streak and cinematic whimsy still in this 88-year-old cinema elder.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010

Director Alain Resnais? roundabout romance about missed connections and misplaced intentions is gorgeous to watch but difficult to track.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

I recognize the Resnais I love in this movie, poking through here and there, a fumble-fingered god experimenting with his creation: a wobbly, lopsided world warmed by its maker's affection.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Wild Grass is about the randomness of life, and how the meaning behind arbitrary events is incomprehensible and opaque. This also describes what the experience of watching the film is like.

Full Review… | September 22, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Wild Grass is the vision of Alain Resnais. He suggests that anything can happen in movies. Or in our imaginations.

Full Review… | August 29, 2010

Resnais' funky, frothy bonbon of a film is nevertheless a breathtaking sight to see.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Austin Chronicle

Wild Grass is nearly the same movie as Amelie, only minus the charm and the appeal.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Wild Grass is a mess, and not in a particularly compelling way.

Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Las Vegas Weekly

Camera movements, graphic matches, and strange tonal balances carry a lot of expressive weight in this story about chance encounters, creepy follow-ups, and abrupt changes of heart.

Full Review… | August 15, 2010
Nick's Flick Picks

Required viewing only for anybody writing a doctoral thesis on Resnais...

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A fanciful exercise in aesthetic and intellectual masturbation?

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

These are not likable characters, or even ones who seem to have regular contact with Planet Earth.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Washington City Paper

Resnais is as restlessly, impishly experimental as ever.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010

Resnais gives us the occasional delightful dose of whimsy -- yet since so many events are sheer nonsense, the initial delight devolves into a slog.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Indie Movies Online

Audience Reviews for Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)

A man haltingly pursues a woman whose wallet he found.
If this is the French New Wave, then I should start watching the Old Wave. In Wild Grass there is so little attention paid to good exposition that I found myself lost, wondering about the characters' relationships to each other even after the first act was a memory. And the performance by Andre Dussolier does little to reveal his character's motivations. Performances like these are good when the story is clear and solid, but Resnais's concentration is on that which is unclear, so the sum is a character who behaves strangely but whose motivations for his strangeness remain a mystery, unconnected to the random shots of weeds. And when he yells and snaps in a romantic story we wonder what the whole point is.
Overall, there are people who find this absurdist alienation interesting and refreshing, but I'm not one of them.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Wild Grass has the most fantastic opening scene. We have this vivid imagery, charming narration, an endearing character, and the introduction to an intriguing plot. Everything seems set up just right to lead to something amazing. Well, the thing is, the film opens on it's highest point. While the rest it good, it just feels like a let down after the opening material. Plus, I'm sort of confused why it opens with Marguerite when she really doesn't spend as much time as Georges in the film. I mean, it just seems like she plays a more subordinate role in the thing. Anyway, that's just overanalyzing things, but still there is just something ... off about the rest of the film and I cannot totally put a finger on what it was. I did like how the story is something that at first seems conventional, but does not play out in the way that you would expect it to at all - by and large. Or rather, it guess to the places you would expect, but takes an alternate route to get there. I liked Marguerite quite a lot, but the rest of the characters are sort of forgettable. Idk, the film had it's moments and really is good. It just felt like it was missing something.

Jake ....

Super Reviewer


There is a notion to make over 65's retake their driving test for fear they have become dangerous to other road users and themselves. I fear a similar test for senility may be required for revered auteur filmakers to protect their legacy. This film is utterly atrocious in almost every way (the score is ok). Presumably the distinguished cast and crew deferred to Resnais' every whim no matter how crackpot on account of his presumed 'genius'. The list of flaws is endless but succinctly, it seems to condone violent stalking and sexual assault by married octagenarian leches (who bizarrly are supposed to be 50) - women might initially be resistant to one's advances but hold out and then you can ignore them when finally they wake up and see your obvious (?) charms. I sincerely hope for Resnais that this is not thinly veiled autobiography. The characters are totally miscast and unbelievably inconsistent and insincere, the plot makes no sense, tonally it shifts from thrilller to drama to sex farce at will .............. I could go on - almost worth seeing as a spectacle of ineptitude.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

"Wild Grass" is a terribly boring film from renowned filmmaker Alain Resnais ("Last Year at Marienbad"). It is visually ravishing, but the story is almost completely uninteresting and horrifically slow-paced. About all that could be done with "Wild Grass" is to turn the sound off and watch the extraordinary visuals. Make your own soundtrack by turning on your favorite music.

The visual panache of "Wild Grass" often reminded me of Pedro Almodovar. In fact, one could argue that "Wild Grass" bears some resemblance to Almodovar's most recent film, "Broken Embraces." Both are love letters to cinema. The actual story playing out on screen is almost beside the point. What one is meant to enjoy and reflect on is the movie-making process itself.

If this is to any degree true of Resnais's approach to this project, my response would be: People don't love cinema because it contains beautiful images flickering on a screen. They love cinema because it provides beautiful images that mean something. The story is what conveys the meaning. On its own, cinematography cannot do much. Without a great screenwriter, a director can't make cinema magic, no matter how good he or she is. "Wild Grass" woefully lacks a screenwriter.

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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