Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wild Reeds

The Gist: Early 60's, a village in the south of France. Against the backdrop of the French-Algerian conflict, three young guys, one gay, one bi, and one straight, approach maturity and sexual discovery. They're friends, but their relationships are put to the test by the school environment and the politics of the day, including the fear of being drafted.

Wild Reeds is a movie that tries to say too much and ends up feeling a bit empty. Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, and Frédéric Gorny are good actors and easily bring to life their characters, but I had the feeling that the movie could have been a lot more.

The Bottom Line: I feel pretty neutral about this movie, it's not bad, but it feels unfinished and unpolished.

Grade: 7

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