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Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages) (1995)

Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages) (1995)




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This is a nostalgic French coming-of-age drama from director Andre Techine set in a Provence deeply divided over the war for independence being waged against French colonialism in Algeria. In 1962, Francois (Gael Morel) and Maite (Elodie Bouchez) are best friends and students at a boarding school in southwestern France, where Maite's mother Madame Alvarez (Michele Moretti) is an instructor. Francois is realizing he's gay because of his attraction to his working class roommate Serge (Stephane Rideau). Although Serge seduces Francois one night, he is not gay and is actually attracted to Maite. So is Henri (Frederic Gorny), a radically-politicized Algerian-born Frenchman who supports France in the war, an unpopular position, particularly with Madame Alvarez, a communist. The classroom sparring between Henri and Alvarez galvanizes the school, but then word comes that Serge's older brother has been killed in the war. Madame Alvarez, who loved him but refused to help him desert the military, becomes so unhinged that she must be sent away for treatment. Wild Reeds (1994) won four Cesars (France's equivalent of the Oscar), including the award for that year's Best Picture, beating such other notable films as Red (1994) and Queen Margot (1994).


Gaël Morel
as Francois
Michèle Moretti
as Madame Alvarez
Jacques Nolot
as Mr. Morelli
Nathalie Vigne
as Young Bride
Laurent Groulout
as The Photographer
Eric Kreikenmayer
as Young Bridegroom
Michel Ruhl
as Monsieur Cassagne
Elodie Soulinhac
as Girl at Party
Paul Simonet
as Bridegroom's Father
Bordes Fernand Raouly
as Bridegroom's Mother
Charles Picot
as Headmaster
Christophe Maitre
as Gym Instructor
Denis Bergonhe
as Plump Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

French helmer Andre Techine's most personal--and arguably best--film is one of the few foreign language pictures that was recognized by most critics groups in the U.S.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006
Top Critic

Some of the political undertones may go astray, but the emotional center of the film is touching and honest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

real and honest

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Old School Reviews

... Techine examines the emotional changes of his young protagonists with sensitivity and understanding.

Full Review… | August 18, 2008

[Its] subdued tone becomes the movie's greatest strength, since it keeps the film's plot events from ever feeling melodramatic.

Full Review… | June 19, 2002

There are moments within the film that are full of such unblinking reality and intelligence that there is no way it could be a 'mainstream' American picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)

Algeria's War for Liberation echoes in the lives of French teenagers. A masterfully told tale with a cast whose performances reveal a talent beyond their years.

Michael Toler
Michael Toler

The best coming of age story in cinema. period. This film gets EVERYTHING right! This is will stay with you forever.

Sergio Rodriguez
Sergio Rodriguez

The French do cinema well anyway, but they do coming-of-age movies exceptionally well. This movie has gorgeous scenery, gorgeous young actors and actresses, and gorgeous cinematography.

Jim Chatman
Jim Chatman

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