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Sauvage / Wild (2018)

Sauvage (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 April 2019 (USA)
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Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

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Camille Vidal-Naquet (screenplay), Camille Vidal-Naquet (dialogue)
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Félix Maritaud ... Léo
Eric Bernard Eric Bernard ... Ahd (as Éric Bernard)
Nicolas Dibla Nicolas Dibla ... Mihal
Philippe Ohrel Philippe Ohrel ... Claude
Pavle Dragas Pavle Dragas ... Garçon de la bande
Mehdi Boudina Mehdi Boudina ... Garçon de la bande
Azir Mustafic Azir Mustafic ... Garçon de la bande
Hassim Mohamed Saleh Hassim Mohamed Saleh ... Garçon de la bande
Morad Ammar Morad Ammar ... Garçon de la bande
Noureddine Maamar Noureddine Maamar ... Garçon de la bande (as Nour-Eddine Maamar)
Camille Müller Camille Müller ... Garçon de la bande
Lou Ravelli Lou Ravelli ... Ana (de la bande) (as Lou Ravelli-Avanissian)
Lionel Riou Lionel Riou ... Le médecin
Lucas Bléger Lucas Bléger ... L'homme handicapé
Laurent Berecz Laurent Berecz ... L'épicier
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Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

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Drama

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La femme médecin: Shall we try something to get you off the drugs for a while?
Léo: But... Why?
La femme médecin: What do you mean, why?
Léo: To do what?
La femme médecin: Hold on a second. It's not either crack or nothing.
Léo: It is.
La femme médecin: You don't want to change?
Léo: Why would I?
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a belter of a debut feature giving an honest voice to the marginal and the underprivileged
9 June 2019 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

Swimming with the virile tide of the latest surging French queer cinema, Camille Vidal-Naquet's debut feature SAUVAGE/WILD, for one thing, conspicuously eschews the virulent sign of its times, which has taken a central role in sterling works of Christophe Honoré's SORRY ANGEL (2018), Robin Campillo's BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) (2017) and Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau's PARIS 05:59: THÉO & HUGO (2016), in fact, the poor health of our protagonist Léo (BPM alumnus Maritaud), a 22-year-old homeless prostitute drifting in Strasbourg, is much due to malnutrition than any sexually transmitted diseases.

Opening with a beguilingly titillating twist of a role-play Léo participating with one of his clients, SAUVAGE/WILD lives and dies with Maritaud's resilient and profoundly moving performance, investing himself thoroughly to inhabit Léo's sleeping-rough, miserable existence, Maritaud brings to the fore of Léo's otherness, an almost angelic being that uncharacteristically seeks no temporal value like other men of his trade, more liable to his own instinct than any social norms (he doesn't even understand why crack, from which a kindhearted female doctor advises him to abstain, is a bad thing because for him, it is a boon that makes him feel good). Whether impassively posturing to be picked by potential kerb-crawlers, or tenderly looking for a moment of human contact with his clients, a battered Maritaud unyieldingly draws our attention and compassion through his lived-in vulnerability and wounded masculinity, not to mention those eye-popping, demandingly graphic sex scenes, which bears out an audacious resolve for authenticity without any voyeuristic agenda to sexualize the subject matter, hats off to Vidal-Naquet and his intrepid cast.

Vidal-Naquet's diligent script covers a whole gamut of what could happen to a sex worker in this parlous line of business, from Léo's love-hate entanglement with the gay-for-pay Ahd (Bernard), seeped with the latter's macho toxicity, to his sundry encounters: a gerontophiliac bonding with a senior widower; a demeaning penetration preyed on him by two callous youngsters; a skylarking bunco conducted with his fellow escort Mihal (Dibla), to whom Léo cannot reciprocate his feelings. All those segments are shot with a clinical matter-of-fact-ness that leans towards a reportage with its hand-held amateurishness.

When Ahd decides to leave with his sugar daddy, it lays bare of the best scenario which could ever happen to the practitioners of rough trade, and soon Léo's savior materializes in the form of Claude (Ohrel) exactly when he hits the rock bottom (the startling perversion and violence is rendered off screen considerately), although as a deus ex-machina, Claude is a dreamboat too perfect to be true, however Vidal-Naquet perversely goes against the grain (after his indiscriminate stock-in-trade towards all sorts of patronage, it is appalling to see Léo rebuff Claude as "old and ugly" when the latter is overlay with brimful innocuousness and tenderness), only to shatter our cexpectation and suffix a true-to-his-nature coda to Léo's self-emancipation and precious independence, with his final in utero attitude, smells like a missed opportunity for this reviewer's two cents' worth, otherwise, SAUVAGE/WILD is a belter of a debut feature giving an honest voice to the marginal and the underprivileged.


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

10 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,440, 14 April 2019

Gross USA:

$61,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$317,536
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1.66 : 1
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