Wild Reeds ★★★★★

One of Andre Techine's best films, this is a beautiful coming-of-age film set in 1962, focusing on four teenagers in a rural provincial village. I recall I had seen this when it was first released and had forgotten much of it, although I knew even then it was a special film.

The awareness, confusion and awkwardness of sexual stirring and first loves is touchingly portrayed, and the four young actors do a stellar job. It is also set against the backdrop of the ending of the Algerian War, with the different young people all impacted in various ways and the political divisions apparent in both young people and their elders. The photography is well-done, as is the use of music (including Barber's sad "Adagio for Strings").

This film won the Cesar (the French equivalent of the Oscars) in 1994, and deservedly so. I saw it on the Criterion Channel, and it is well-worth checking out.