CINEMA: LOVE IS MORE IMPORTANT

A SUPERB FRENCH DRAMA REDISCOVERS TEEN RAPTURE

There's a beautiful scene between two intimate friends, Ma•ta (Elodie Bouchez) and Francois (Gael Morel), in Andra Tachina's Wild Reeds, set in the south of France in 1962. The two teens have kept company partly to defer any plunge into sexual commitment. Now Francois confesses he has had sex with someone else. Maite is shocked. But with another boy -- and she feels a kind of relief. As Smoke Gets in Your Eyes plays soulfully, she pulls Francois into a slow-dance clinch. Then, abruptly, the Beach Boys' Barbara Ann comes on. The two start jitterbugging, Maite breaks into a giddy radiance,...

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