Sauvage / Wild
2018, Camille Vidal-Naquet, France, 99 min.
With Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard
- Fri, Jun 7th 6:00pm
- Sat, Jun 8th 8:00pm
- Sun, Jun 9th 3:00pm
- Mon, Jun 10th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jun 12th 8:15pm
- Thu, Jun 13th 8:00pm
"Raw and riveting...SAUVAGE makes Leo's yearning palpable and profound."—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A riotous and sensual ode to freedom."—Elena Lazic, Sight and Sound
The French title of the film refers more to a state of untutored innocence than primitive violence. The scruffy but seraphic Leo (Maritaud in a fiercely committed performance) is a 22-year-old gay hustler cruising the woodsy outskirts of Strasbourg. The film follows him through an episodic series of mostly sexual encounters that range from the achingly tender to the harrowingly brutal. He falls hopelessly in love with a fellow hustler who is only "gay for pay," while the more vulnerable Leo is less interested in the money than in the freedom that his live-for-today lifestyle brings (the director cites Agnès Varda's VAGABOND as an inspiration). First-time director Vidal-Naquet spent three years interviewing male prostitutes in Paris, but his approach is far from clinical, regarding his subject with unsentimental compassion and rugged lyricism. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Note: Contains scenes of explicit sexuality.