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Miscellaneous French films
Vol. 9


Wild Reeds (1995)
Starring: Elodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny, Michèle Moretti, et al.

Wild Reeds

Director: Andre Téchiné
Rated: NR
Edition Details: NTSC format (VHS, for use in U.S. and Canada only); Subtitles in English; Color
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This resonant, engrossing 1994 film by André Téchiné (Thieves ) is an unusual coming-of-age story set at a French boarding school in 1962, when news of France's war in Algeria is still plentiful. Téchiné focuses on a handful of students, measuring their transition into adulthood against the reality of love, sex, and the war's controversial cost. Strikingly sensitive and sophisticated, beautifully dramatized, and perfectly acted by a young cast, the film feels like one of those universal touchstones for the final days of childhood grace. Téchiné's typically blunt-but-gentle manner is perfectly suited for this tale of youthful gains and losses.
--Tom Keogh

Battle of Algiers (1966)
Starring: Yacef Saadi, et al.

Battle of Algiers

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Rated: NR
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"The Battle of Algiers" depicts the struggle to create an independent Algerian state, from the beginnings of rebellion in 1954 to the country's eventual liberation in 1962. This docudrama combines some actual newsreel footage with staged sequences featuring amateur and professional actors playing characters based on real people. It emphasizes the organization of guerrilla forces and the methods used by the French government to stifle resistance.

Winner of 11 International Film awards. Academy Award Nominations: Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.



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