Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)
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Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)
This is a nostalgic French coming-of-age drama from director Andre Techine set in a Provence deeply divided over the war for independence being waged against French colonialism in Algeria. In 1962, Francois (Gael Morel) and Maite (Elodie Bouchez) are best friends and students at a boarding school in southwestern France, where Maite's mother Madame Alvarez (Michele Moretti) is an instructor. Francois is realizing he's gay because of his attraction to his working class roommate Serge (Stephane Rideau). Although Serge seduces Francois one night, he is not gay and is actually attracted to… 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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