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Sauvage

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France

2018

1h 37m

Director Camille Vidal-Naquet

Starring Félix Maritaud, Éric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel

Genre Drama

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22-year-old Leo is a sex worker for extra cash. The men come and go, and he stays in one place, longing for love. He doesn’t know what his future holds. Each night, when he goes out on the road, his life could change forever.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Sauvage has its longueurs, at times seeming stuck in a circuitous groove with too little forward momentum. However, the movie is never banal. It's a fully inhabited world that pulls us in.
91

The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Sauvage captures the multitude of emotion or lack of, that come with Leo’s tricks. There’s jealousy, pain, excitement, cruelty and even monotonous apathy where you’d least expect it.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

There are fleeting moments of wit, bliss and even tenderness amid the gritty severity, as Vidal-Naquet perceptively portrays not just the lonely, drug-fueled rigors of the hustler lifestyle, but the simultaneously competitive and supportive fraternal community that sustains it.
100

Screen International by Lisa Nesselson

Gut-punchingly authentic with radiant moments of tenderness where least expected, intimate yet not voyeuristic, this first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet gets the balance between looking-for-love and settling-for-sensation exactly right.
80

Vanity Fair by Richard Lawson

Sauvage is often difficult viewing, and Leo tries our patience and compassion as anyone habitually treating themselves so poorly can. Nevertheless, the film achieves a sort of grace, in moments of sweetness and stillness, when the fullness of Leo’s being—be it ravaged and weary—is palpable and, finally, undeniable.

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