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Preview: Sauvage

Félix Maritaud plays a young hustler determined to keep his humanity despite the peril and degradation around him.

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France 2018
Dir Camille Vidal-Naquet
With Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla
English subtitles
Certificate 18
Courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures

Leo is a 22-year-old sex worker who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of his clients. The crushing solitude of Leo’s life is tempered when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd. But when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo spirals. Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut comes with its fair share of both brutality and disarming fragility. Such compassion is in no small part thanks to Félix Maritaud, whose raw and vulnerable performance is devastating.

Michael Blyth

£15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less).


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