Friday 22 March 2019

Sauvage review: 'Never succumbs to sentiment, and retains a fierce focus'

4 stars

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

By turns tender and heartbreaking, Sauvage also administers a stern dose of social realism: its director, Camille Vidal-Naquet, spent three years investigating the demi-monde of male prostitutes who haunt the Bois de Boulogne.

Felix Maritaud is Leo, a street hustler who craves real affection. Though we learn little of his past, a trip to the doctor reveals scars and pocks that suggest cruel beginnings.

Leo may be streetwise, but he’s capable of real tenderness, as we see in a powerful scene when he comforts a lonely widower. Very nicely made, Sauvage never succumbs to sentiment, and retains a fierce focus.

(No cert, IFI, 99mins)

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