Sauvage / Wild Reviews

June 7, 2019
The central thrust of this graphic French drama may be a radical notion to some: that a sex worker can enjoy the wild, carnal freedom that his or her job can provide, while also being vulnerable to its dangers.
May 31, 2019
What's the old saw about war? That it's long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror? Tweaked a little, the line serves pretty well as a description of Sauvage. All that's required is the addition of "and/or emotion" at the end.
May 2, 2019
By the end, we've experienced one of the best films about street hustling ever made.
April 26, 2019
Vidal-Naquet's film knows that every wound and balm to the flesh is also one to the spirit.
April 11, 2019
French filmmaker Camille Vidal-Naquet offers a raw and riveting portrait of a gay male sex worker (the quietly devastating Félix Maritaud) and the aching tenderness he brings to his brutal profession.
April 10, 2019
The movie never feels voyeuristic, and if you're looking for a seemingly credible slice of life on the streets, this will fill the bill nicely.
April 9, 2019
It's tough to build a character study around an unconvincing character.
March 29, 2019
Vidal-Naquet's direction is at its most bracing and palpable when it pits the unsentimental (even brutal) physicality of Leo's work against the tenderness that he waxes onto it.
February 27, 2019
Maritaud's performance has power.
August 24, 2018
This passionate debut from Camille Vidal-Naquet boldly challenges our perceptions of male sex workers.
Top Critic
May 14, 2018
It's a film that scrutinizes male bodies - whether lithely tattooed or creased like crepe paper - with an attentive but uncritical eye.
May 10, 2018
Raw, uncompromising and yet strangely romantic.