With the help of its raw and natural-looking form, first-time director Camille Vidal-Naquet creates a romantic and moving ode to freedom and love. Twenty-two-year-old Leo (the wonderful Félix Maritaud, known from BPM (Beats Per Minute)) lives on the streets. He wanders around aimlessly, with boys who provide sexual services for companions. His health is deteriorating and, although he takes his doctor's orders seriously, he is too distracted to follow them. He sells his body, but he never counts the money and he never has any. He wears dirty jeans and a worn-out jacket; he can't afford food, and yet he still believes in love: he's head over heels in love with a guy who doesn't reciprocate his feelings. Vidal-Naquet emphasizes that, in Sauvage,everything begins with Leo, a protagonist in whom we can see reflections of outcasts like Mona from Agnès Varda's Vagabond orof hopeless dreamers likeCool Hand Luke, played by Paul Newman. He proves that in Leo's helplessness and emotional confusion there is a hidden truth that is worth exploring in cinema.
Born in Nevers, France, in 1972, Camille Vidal-Naquet studied Literature but now teaches Film Analysis. He made his first short film in sign language. Sauvage, his full-length debut, premiered during Critics Week at Cannes.
2001 Backstage (short)
2014 Mauvaise tête (short)
2018 Sauvage / Savage