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...
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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
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
Tonight I'm talking into thin air. You're not listening. Let's just stop.
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.
Get some sleep, Mariani. You need it. We'll try again tomorrow.
Tell me what you think. I need to know.
I don't know what I think. But I understand your anger.
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
Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring)
by Johann Strauss See more