Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)
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Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)
This emotional French coming-of-age film follows the tumultuous times in the lives of three French boys in a boarding school. The episodic story is set in 1962 just after the Algerian War and contains political undertones. Young Francois is confused to discover that he is sexually attracted to fellow classmate Serge, a macho boy from the working class. They two engage in one night of passion. For Serge, a heterosexual, it was only a way to release his pent up sexual energy. He is attracted to the daughter of their dictatorial teacher Madame Alvarez. Trouble brews when a radical, militant… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"French helmer Andre Techine's most personal--and arguably best--film is one of the few foreign language pictures that was recognized by most critics groups in the U.S."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"... Techine examines the emotional changes of his young protagonists with sensitivity and understanding."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Some of the political undertones may go astray, but the emotional center of the film is touching and honest."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Its] subdued tone becomes the movie's greatest strength, since it keeps the film's plot events from ever feeling melodramatic."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"real and honest"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"There are moments within the film that are full of such unblinking reality and intelligence that there is no way it could be a 'mainstream' American picture."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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