Sauvage / Wild

Critics Consensus

Sauvage / Wild takes a clear-eyed look at the life of a sex worker, fueled by Felix Maritaud's performance and writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet's non-judgmental approach.

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Total Count: 37
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SAUVAGE / WILD, Camille Vidal-Naquet's riveting and vibrant erotic journey of a 22-year-old male prostitute named Leo, features a stunning performance from Félix Maritaud (BPM). Leo trades in love as much as lust, and wanders through his life without rules or restrictions. Through a series of encounters that offer a glimpse into the complicated and visceral world of male sex work, Leo finds himself searching for affection anywhere he can get it -- whether it's the unrequited love for his hustler friend Ahd (Eric Bernard) or in the arms of an older, vulnerable client. Will Leo choose his freedom and the dangers that come with it, or the comforts of a stable relationship? After all, in this unpredictable world, who knows where he'll end up?

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

  • By the end, we've experienced one of the best films about street hustling ever made.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Vidal-Naquet's film knows that every wound and balm to the flesh is also one to the spirit.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's tough to build a character study around an unconvincing character.

    Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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