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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Maite. So is Henri (Frederic Gorny), a radically-politicized Algerian-born Frenchman who supports France in the war, an unpopular position, particularly with Madame Alvarez, a communist. The classroom sparring between Henri and Alvarez galvanizes the school, but then word comes that Serge's older brother has been killed in the war. Madame Alvarez, who loved him but refused to help him desert the military, becomes so unhinged that she must be sent away for treatment. Wild Reeds (1994) won four Cesars (France's equivalent of the Oscar), including the award for that year's Best Picture, beating such other notable films as Red (1994) and Frederic Gorny (1994). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Jeanne Lapoirie Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 1995 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Olivier Massart Best Original Screenplay 1994 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Olivier Massart Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 1995 Winner
French Academy of Cinema André Téchiné Best Original Screenplay 1994 Winner
French Academy of Cinema André Téchiné Best Director 1994 Winner
French Academy of Cinema André Téchiné Best Picture 1994 Winner
National Society of Film Critics André Téchiné Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 1995 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Élodie Bouchez Most Promising Young Actress 1994 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Gilles Taurand Best Original Screenplay 1994 Winner

Cast

Élodie Bouchez
as Maite
Gael Morel
as Francois
Stephane Rideau
as Serge
Frédéric Gorny
as Henri
Michèle Moretti
as Madame Alvarez
Denis Bergonhe
as Pump Attendent
Jacques Nolot
as Monsieur Morelli

Crew

André Téchiné
Director
Alain Sarde
Producer
Jean-Jacques Albert
Producer
Georges Benayoun
Producer
Gilles Taurand
Screenwriter
Olivier Massart
Screenwriter
André Téchiné
Screenwriter
Jeanne Lapoirie
Cinematographer
Chubby Checker
Composer (Music Score)
Martine Giordano
Editor
Pierre Soula
Production Designer
Pierre Soula
Set Designer
Brigitte Laleouse
Costume Designer
Elisabeth Tavernier
Costume Designer
Pierre Lorrain
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel
Sound/Sound Designer
Denis Bergonhe
First Assistant Director
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