dir. Camille Vidal-Naquet, France, 2018, 97 min., French with English subtitles
In this frank, provocative story of a French hustler, Félix Maritaud delivers a raw, mesmerizing performance as Leo, a young man who sells his body for cash in the underbelly of Strausbourg. He exists in a world fueled by drugs and fleeting encounters, but Leo longs for meaningful connection, maybe even love. Taking a note from Agnes Varda’s classic Vagabond and Paul Newman’s turn in Cool Hand Luke, Sauvage is a chilling and stirring character study of a deeply lost soul.