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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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André Téchiné
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Élodie Bouchez ... Maïté Alvarez
Gaël Morel ... François Forestier
Stéphane Rideau Stéphane Rideau ... Serge Bartolo
Frédéric Gorny Frédéric Gorny ... Henri Mariani
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Madame Alvarez
Jacques Nolot ... Monsieur Morelli
Eric Kreikenmayer Eric Kreikenmayer ... Pierre Bartolo, the Groom
Nathalie Vignes Nathalie Vignes ... Irène, the Bride
Michel Ruhl Michel Ruhl ... Monsieur Cassagne
Fatia Maite Fatia Maite ... Aicha Morelli
Claudine Taulère Claudine Taulère ... Nurse
Elodie Soulinhac Elodie Soulinhac ... Colette, Girl at Party
Dominique Bovard Dominique Bovard ... Guard
Monsieur Simonet Monsieur Simonet ... Guard
Chief Officer Carre Chief Officer Carre ... Officer
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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

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Reeds See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$807,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$807,775
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After his brother's funeral, Serge is speaking with Maïté, and he tells her that he likes her hair because it reminds him of Françoise Hardy. Hardy is a French singer and actress, more famous for her singing, whose first recordings were released in 1962, which is the time setting for this film, when Hardy would have been approximately the same age as the main characters, 18 years old. One of her first recordings, "Tous les garçons et les filles" was a major hit in France in 1962, selling over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record. Even though there was a reference to Hardy in the script, Hardy's songs were not part of the sound track, and she did not appear in the film (her first acting credit was the following year, 1963). 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

François Forestier: I'm like you, I'm queer, but I haven't met my soul-mate yet. I met someone who doesn't want me. I should give up. That would be smarter. But I'm not smart. I have no chance, but I can't give up. I don't get discouraged. We made love once. Just once. In the beginning. He doesn't want to anymore. Since then I'm like a thief. I steal brief moments... Once I held him tight on my bike. Another time, I slept near him. You have experience. Only you can help me. At my age, did this happen to you? When ...
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Alternate Versions

Shorter TV version released under the title Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge: Le chêne et le roseau (1994) (TV) See more »


Soundtracks

Run Away
Written by Del Shannon and Sam Cooke
Performed by Del Shannon
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Great coming of age story in 60s France
15 April 2000 | by Geordie-4See all my reviews

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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