Wild Reeds Synopsis
Four teenagers come of age at a boarding school in France, during the height of the war in Algeria.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The film perfectly understands the tentative experimentation and frequent self-loathing of adolescence, the difficulty of knowing whom to...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Andre Techine creates living characters instead of sociopolitical symbols.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The tone and feel of Wild Reeds keeps shifting between irony and sentimentality, violence and tenderness, rebellion and acceptance. And...
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88

San Francisco Examiner

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Superbly acted by its young cast, written and directed with great sophistication, Wild Reeds moves with a sad assurance through that domain...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a slice of life with an imperfect beginning and conclusion, but what transpires between those two endpoints is strong enough to...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Some of the political undertones may go astray, but the emotional center of the film is touching and honest.
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70

New York Daily News

By Dave Kehr
Using telephoto lenses to bring us close to the characters, Techine directs Wild Reeds with an impeccable sense of tempo, unhurried by...
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67

Austin Chronicle

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While the story of Wild Reeds may be at times unbearably obscure, the images infuse the film with a drama and beauty that is unrelenting in...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Wild Reeds is a sober, heartfelt piece of work, sensitively directed and lovingly photographed -- though slightly dull, if we're going to...
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40

Empire

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While it's all very pleasant watching these undecided pubescents frolic in the lake in their undies, there's a distinct lack of real drama...
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WILD REEDS ~ Poignant Coming of Age Tale

By lugubriousthespian
Andre Techine's touching portrait of four young teens discovering their true sexual orientation during France's colonialism of Algeria in the early 60s is a meticulously crafted, exquisitely shot and...

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Rated NR