7.6/10
4,081
30 user 25 critic

Wild Reeds (1994)

Les roseaux sauvages (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 May 1995 (USA)
Trailer
2:49 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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 »

Director:

8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Oranges I (2004)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two boys are talking after a bicycle accident. The older is bragging about his experience with girls, but is that just a boast?

Director: Kristian Pithie
Stars: Thomas Blackburne, Brad Flynn, Kristen Hagen
Come Undone (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Marie Matheron
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Wastelands (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lonely teenager Marc is secretly in love with Olaf, the cool boy-next-door. He dreams about a relationship with him, and when the two go camping, this dream seems to become reality for Marc... See full summary »

Director: Marco van Bergen
Stars: Frederik Stuut, Daniël Brak, Henny Renes
HerzHaft (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Felix is secretly in love with Ralph. This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem. But Felix is 15 and Ralph his 34 years old soccer coach. They meet every day in an ambush. One day Felix ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Busker
Stars: Tommaso Cacciapuoti, Ferdinand Hanisch, Johanna Niedermüller
I Don't Kiss (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man leaves his native town in southern France to discover Paris. Being too unexperienced and too naive, he drops into the reality of Paris 1991. He soon gives up his dream of ... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Emmanuelle Béart, Manuel Blanc
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Beneath a railroad bridge a young rural gay man begins to his explore his gay feelings with the aid of an understanding friend.

Director: Michael Burke
Stars: Mickey Smith, Jason Hayes, Todd Batstone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends ... See full summary »

Director: Ngoc Dang Vu
Stars: Manh Hai Luong, Vinh Khoa Ho, Linh Son Nguyen
Violine (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two unlikely kindred spirits share an unlikely moment of intimacy with a violin.

Director: Roman Ilyushenko
Stars: Johannes Huth, Hannes Sell
Water (2012)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

James leads a lonely life in a luxurious castle. He never goes out with friends. One day he finds himself interested in an injured, handsome Swedish soccer player.

Director: Marco van Bergen
Stars: Tobias Kersloot, Barbara Labrie, Serge Mensink
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson
Flatmates (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two friends, Björn and Hampus, decide to move in together. If one ignores the fact that the two men are completely different, theirs is a close relationship. Being in love with your best ... See full summary »

Director: Magnus Mork
Stars: Sven Boräng, Jonas Eskilsson, Emilie Lidgard
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Nurse
Elodie Soulinhac ...
Colette, Girl at Party
Dominique Bovard ...
Guard
Monsieur Simonet ...
Guard
Chief Officer Carre ...
Officer
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wild Reeds  »

Box Office

Gross:

$917,915 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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

Maïté Alvarez: Women branded by men are like cattle waiting to be slaughtered.
See more »

Connections

References Lola (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Twist Again
Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Performed by Chubby Checker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A complex and graceful drama - among the finest French dramas of the 90s
18 September 2003 | by (Chapel Hill, NC, USA) – See 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.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Interpretation of the End anonymous_no-name
Where can I find this on DVD TeriOdin7
more techiné films Eivi
reoccurring tune mr-pointy
R1 DVD Madness832
Henri's remark blue-lagoon
Discuss Wild Reeds (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?