Sauvage (film)

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Sauvage - film poster.jpg
Directed byCamille Vidal-Naquet
Produced byEmmanuel Giraud
Marie Sonne-Jensen
StarringFélix Maritaud
Eric Bernard
Nicolas Dibla
Philippe Ohrel
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Sauvage (English: Wild) is a 2018 French drama film, directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet[1] and produced by Emmanuel Giraud and Marie Sonne-Jensen. It stars Félix Maritaud in the lead role, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla and Philippe Ohrel.[2]


Léo (Félix Maritaud) is a male prostitute who uses drugs whilst longing for love.


  • Félix Maritaud as Léo
  • Eric Bernard as Ahd
  • Nicolas Dibla as Mihal
  • Philippe Ohrel as Claude


Critical reception[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 26 reviews, and an average rating of 7.66. The website's critical consensus reads, "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."[3] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 77 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote, "It’s a contrived and slightly unsatisfying image. But Maritaud’s performance has power."[5] Tara Brady of The Irish Times wrote, "Félix Maritaud is a heartbreaking revelation as a sex worker seeking intimacy in France".[6] David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Sauvage has its longueurs, at times seeming stuck in a circuitous groove with too little forward momentum. However, the movie is never banal."[7]


Year Award Category Result Refs.
2018 Cannes Film Festival Rising Star Award Won [8]
Critics' Week Grand Prize Nominated
Golden Camera Nominated
Queer Palm Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival Gold Q-Hugo Nominated [9]
Jerusalem Film Festival International First Film Won [10]
2019 César Award Best First Film Nominated [11]


  1. ^ Halls, Eleanor (2019-03-01). "Sauvage director on sex work and hypocrisy: 'People say male prostitution is degrading. But it's not degrading to women?'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  2. ^ "Sauvage showing at Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast". Queen's Film Theatre. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  3. ^ Sauvage / Wild (2019), retrieved 2019-03-28
  4. ^ Sauvage, retrieved 2019-03-28
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2019-02-27). "Sauvage review – on the street with a homeless hustler". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  6. ^ Brady, Tara. "Sauvage review: A powerful and upsetting experience". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  7. ^ "'Sauvage': Film Review | Cannes 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. ^ "Cannes Film Festival (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  9. ^ "Out-Look Competition Archives". Cinema Chicago. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  10. ^ "Sauvage". Jerusalem Film Festival. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  11. ^ "Best Original Score – France's Cesar Awards Nominations Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-28.

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