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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Rideau ...
Frédéric Gorny ...
Michèle Moretti ...
Eric Kreikenmayer ...
Pierre Bartolo, the Groom
Michel Ruhl ...
Fatia Maite ...
Aicha Morelli
Claudine Taulère ...
Elodie Soulinhac ...
Colette, Girl at Party
Dominique Bovard ...
Monsieur Simonet ...
Chief Officer Carre ...


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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Release Date:

10 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wild Reeds  »

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$917,915 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stéphane Rideau and Gaël Morel have worked together in two films: Wild Reeds (1994) and Far (2001). Also, Gaël Morel has directed Stéphane Rideau in four films: La vie à rebours (1995), Full Speed (1996), Premières neiges (1999) and Three Dancing Slaves (2004). See more »


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 »


Maïté Alvarez: Women branded by men are like cattle waiting to be slaughtered.
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References Through a Glass Darkly (1961) See more »


Barbara Ann
Written by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Amazing, Amazing, Amazing
15 September 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This film is truly amazing. I saw it and was so moved by it that I couldn't stop thinking about it for a very long time. It is heavily based on the director's (Andre Techine) real life experiences. In this film Techine manages to create a realistic and palpable universe which seems which if you know anything about film is a very hard thing for directors to accomplish. I asked a French DP and a friend of Andre Techine about Les Roseaux Sauvages and he told me that it was originally made for television and that it was such an enormous sensation in France that it later was released in the theaters and won many awards at the Cesars in Paris - France's equivalent of the Oscars. I will admit that some American friends of mine went to see this film and didn't get it. What a pity for them.

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