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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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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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Soundtrack:
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Sexual coming of ager, 27 May 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

The slightly loose and episodic feel of this charming coming-of-ager doesn't matter because the characters and the conflicts are so well presented that we are enthralled throughout.

Three boys on the verge of manhood (with the French-Algerian conflict smoldering in the background) are in residence at a boarding school in the south of France in 1962. One is gay, the second is bi-sexual and the third is straight. Through their interactions we (and they) discover their sexuality.

Francois Forestier, played attractively by Gael Morel, is gay as he discovers one night when Serge Bartolo (Stephane Rideau), an athletic schoolmate with a natural style, awakens his sexuality by seducing him. For Serge it is just a school age sexual adventure; for Francois it is love so intense he is transformed. The third boy, Henri Mariana, who is from Algeria, is a little older and a little more cynical. He finds heterosexual love with his enemy, Maité Alverez, who is a hated communist. Elodie Bouchez, whom I recall from The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) for which she shared a Cannes Best Actress award, plays Maité whose style is earnest, witty and brave.

As it happens I was in France during the period of this film, and a teenager as well. The Algerian conflict haunted the young men because as soon as they were of age they could be sent away to fight. Also the Communist Party was strong in France and an attraction to some who opposed what they saw as French colonialism in Algeria and Vietnam. Director André Téchiné who characteristically explores human sexuality in his films (e.g., Rendez-Vous (1985) with a young and vital Juliette Binoche; Le lieu du crime (1986) with Catherine Deneuve; and Ma Saison Préférée (1993) also starring Catherine Deneuve) attempts to integrate these larger issues into his film but I don't think is entirely successful. Serge's older brother is killed in Algeria and his teacher blames herself for not helping him to escape his military service and suffers a nervous breakdown. However this story is not well-connected with the rest of the film. Also more could have been done with the divergent views of Maité and Henri. What I loved was the club scene where suddenly the French girls are twisting to Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" which propelled me back to 1962 when indeed the Twist was all the rage in France.

What makes this film superior is the warm and truthful way in which the sexual awakenings are realized. The kids seem absolutely real and the dialogue is sharp and authentic. Morel is very winning. I especially liked the earnest way he confronts and then accepts his sexuality. Interesting was the scene in which he seeks out the shoe salesman whom he knows is gay for his advice on how he should cope with unrequited homosexual love.

This is a film about young people for open-minded adults attractively done. For many it will strike a strong cord of recognition.

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