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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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Genres:

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:

$917,915
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Stéphane Rideau and Gaël Morel have worked together in two films: Wild Reeds (1994) and Loin (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

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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Referenced in The Fluffer (2001) See more »

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Run Away
Written by Del Shannon and Sam Cooke
Performed by Del Shannon
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A beautifully and touchingly made teenage drama
22 June 2002 | by Paul LefebvreSee all my reviews

Director Techine once again has made a beautiful movie, this time concerning a group of teenage friends in southern France in the early 1960's. Techine uses the Algerian war as a catalyst for the interaction between the 4 friends. As the movie unfolds, each friend discovers how they're involved with one another, in dramatizatons that the French are so good at. Techine makes good use of the idyllic, pastoral French Pyrenee countryside to compliment the personal dramas unfolding in it. You can almost smell and feel the summertime around you. A touchingly-done coming-of-age film for all ages, not just teens. So successful was the pairing of Rideau and Bouchez that they went on to make several other movies together, one of which was directed by Gael Morel, one of the stars in this movie as well.


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