STEPHANE RIDEAU - FRENCH ACTOR
How do you get from playing rugby to making love in the dunes ? Stéphane Rideau was only 17 years old when he was discovered during a rugby match by André Téchiné for a role in the movie called "Les Roseaux Sauvages" (Wild Reeds).
Wild Reeds is about four adolescents in the early 60's at a boarding school in the south of France. The story of François, a boy facing his homosexuality after an encounter with Serge (Stéphane Rideau). This movie won four Cesars in 1994 (France's equivalent of the Oscar), including the award for that year's Best Picture. See the Trailer.
In 2000 Stéphane has done another movie dealing with homosexual issues. Presque Rien - Come Undone. A passionate romance between two French teens, with intense lovemaking in the dunes. But the story is mainly about the first love and first heartbreak, that often comes with it, and the problem of coming out. See the Trailer.
Stéphane has also been acting in a movie called Sitcom by François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool). The story of a conventional French family living in apparent harmony until one day the father brings home a rat he has rescued from a research lab. One by one, as they come into contact with the animal, each character reveals hidden sexual and psychological perversions. A comedy on the wild side ... See the Trailer.
Stéphane has done many other movies, but I have to say that I am impressed to see how a straight man can be so good and comfortable playing a gay characters.