Sauvage – the debut film from writer/director Camille Vidal-Naquet – gives us the story of Leo. Leo is a sex-worker, living and working on the streets of Strasbourg. His days are spent aimlessly, punctuated by sex, drugs, and violence.
These are lives presented without judgement. It’s gritty. It’s real. It’s frank without any attempt at titillation.
What makes Sauvage compelling is a stunning performance by Félix Maritaud as Leo. Vulnerable, damaged, but “made to be loved” – as one character describes him. Maritaud brings to Leo a humanity that makes his decisions understandable, and his need for love and intimacy undeniable.