Against the background of a hot French summer and the even more distant backdrop of the war in Algeria, a young French boy’s gay nature blossoms. Winner of multiple César Awards, including Best Film, Director and Most Promising Actress, and the Prix Louis Delluc.
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4 in the morning, there's no one around. You and Wild Reeds. Watching the images rolling by. Who am I? Who are you? Why have we met, and where is all of this going to lead? It is the mysteries of the characters and of life that I want to keep. Four students gradually understand the feelings budding inside them. Death and distance. None of it will matter anymore when you have hope in the feeling to continue.
It is indeed very sweet. The story is pretty straightforward, but we soon care for the main characters. At first I felt the ending was too inconclusive, but after thinking about it it makes sense. These kids are lost in many ways, and there IS NO conclusion. Life moves forward. I suppose it works better than a traditional happy ending, whose impact would nothing but ephemeral. That said, the editing could be cleaner.
Can't believe it was only made in '94. The filmmaking seems like it's right out of the 70's or something (that's a compliment). It dwindles a bit in the middle and towards the end, but then it hits probably its best marks in the final act. The characters could have been fleshed out more, but in a film with pacing like this, it would have gone on too long if they tried to. So not great, but some good stuff in it.
A film that in its awkward misfires and too-earnest, near caricatures of Thinking (through of the ethical and political) mirrors the gawkiness of adolescence to such a convincing degree that it is hard to resist its conviction about what it feels like to be young and full of passionate conviction.
Delightful! Every scene is vibrant, full of life, as the characters orbit one another and each awakens to the complexities of their own world. One of the best takes on adolescence I’ve ever seen. Never condescending or aloof, we’re brought fully into the unfolding picture of youth and the fleeting passage of time. A perfect ending.