Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages) Reviews
I'm working hard to learn the French language in anticipation of an August 2009 trip to the Champagne Region to visit with my friend Paul. To that end, I'll be increasing the number of French films that I watch. This acclaimed film involves early 1960s young adults in the midst of upheaval during a time when France was struggling to deal with the Algerian War.
The acting in the film is impressive, particularly between the young actors. Emotions flow naturally and there's a familiarity that feels completely genuine.
Set in the 1960s at a French Boarding school and the town/countryside around, with the French/Algerian War as a backdrop, a bizarre love rectangle emerges between teens Francois, Henri, Serge and Maite. A complicated quilt of intersecting life circumstances weave the four into each other lives.
Each character deals with a major loss..war, death, broken families... in their own way.