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Les roseaux sauvages
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10 May 1995 (USA) See more »
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In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Great coming of age story in 60s France See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Élodie Bouchez ... Maïté Alvarez

Gaël Morel ... François Forestier
Stéphane Rideau ... Serge Bartolo
Frédéric Gorny ... Henri Mariani
Michèle Moretti ... Madame Alvarez

Jacques Nolot ... Monsieur Morelli
Eric Kreikenmayer ... Pierre Bartolo, the Groom

Nathalie Vignes ... Irène, the Bride
Michel Ruhl ... Monsieur Cassagne
Fatia Maite ... Aicha Morelli
Claudine Taulère ... Nurse
Elodie Soulinhac ... Colette, Girl at Party
Dominique Bovard ... Guard
Monsieur Simonet ... Guard
Chief Officer Carre ... Officer
Paul Simonet ... Monsieur Bartolo
Charles Picot ... Headmaster
Christophe Maitre ... Gym Instructor
Bordes Fernand Raouly ... Madame Bartolo
Michel Voisin ... Justice of the Peace
Denis Bergonhe ... Gas Station Attendant

Directed by
André Téchiné 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Massart 
Gilles Taurand 
André Téchiné 

Produced by
Georges Benayoun .... producer
Chantal Poupaud .... associate producer
Paul Rozenberg .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
 
Film Editing by
Martine Giordano 
 
Casting by
Jacques Grant 
Michel Nasri 
 
Production Design by
Pierre Soula 
 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Soula 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
 
Makeup Department
Marie-Lou Dorion .... assistant hair stylist
Marie-Lou Dorion .... assistant makeup artist
Youssef Ferhat .... key hair stylist
Youssef Ferhat .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Albert .... production manager
Olivier Garabedian .... assistant unit manager
Fabien Pondevaux .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Bergonhe .... assistant director
Anne-Isabelle Estrada .... second assistant director
Jean-Pascal Hattu .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Leonardo Haertling .... property master
Agnès Lévy .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Yunus Acar .... boom operator
François Groult .... sound
Pierre Lorrain .... sound
Jean-Luc Marino .... sound editor
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound assistant
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Véronique Tiron .... sound assistant
 
Stunts
Alain Figlarz .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bataille .... second assistant camera
Germain Desmoulins .... camera operator
Claude Raymond Ditivon .... still photographer
Nicolas Dixmier .... gaffer
Aleksander Kaufmann .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Schwartz .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Christel Grossenbacher .... production secretary
Claudine Taulère .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Les roseaux sauvages" - France (original title)
"The Wild Reeds" - International (English title) (festival title)
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110 min | UK:115 min
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There are many references in the movie to "The O.A.S.," in conversation, and overheard on radio and television newscasts. OAS - or Organisation armée secrète, literally "Organization of the Secret Army" or "Secret Armed Organization," was a French nationalist terrorist organization during the Algerian War (1954-62), which ended in independence for Algeria in July 1962, which was not only the time setting for this movie, but the Algerian War was also the background conflict that propelled much of the plot of this film. Using armed struggle in an attempt to prevent Algeria's independence, OAS's motto was "Algeria is French and will remain so" (L'Algérie est française et le restera).See more »
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Anachronisms: 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:
Monsieur Morelli:Tonight I'm talking into thin air. You're not listening. Let's just stop.
Henri Mariani:I'm sorry. It's this morning's news. They gave Salan life imprisonment. You don't care? He wanted to save us, and he was crushed and humiliated.
Monsieur Morelli:Get some sleep, Mariani. You need it. We'll try again tomorrow.
Henri Mariani:Tell me what you think. I need to know.
Monsieur Morelli:I don't know what I think. But I understand your anger.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fluffer (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wo die Zitronen blüh'n (When the Lemontrees Blossom Again)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Great coming of age story in 60s France, 15 April 2000
Author: Geordie-4 (tnrcooper@compuserve.com) from Oakland, California

This was a really sensitive and perceptive story about growing up and some of the pain and confusion that goes along with that. The movie is quite quiet and doesn't feel the need to comment on everything as so many American movies do. It is the story of four young French people growing up in Provence in France in the 60s and one of the boys has a homo-erotic experience and thinks that the other boy with whom he has the experience must have enjoyed it. The other boy regrets the experience that he had and when his brother dies in the war in Algeria, he feels obliged to support his family and so declines to pursue any sort of homosexual relationship. He wants to live a respectable sort of life and doesn't want to cause any trouble. The young gay boy is very confused but is a good friend to the teacher's daughter. They enjoy dancing and seeing films and learning about various things. The girl ends up falling for a rather lazy young man who has very different political views than herself. The movie is beautifully filmed and very relaxed and slow. It is a nice reflective movie on the nature of youth and some of the struggles that kids go through. The kids handle the struggles in the typical manner of kids. Sometimes they don't handle them very well and other times they show remarkable grace and common sense. But all in all it is a wonderfully gimmick free movie which really shows how difficult it is to be a kid in any place and at any time. I would really recommend this movie to people.

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