• Wild

    Directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet
    France | 97 minutes | Focus On France

  • Wild

    Directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet
    France | 97 minutes | Focus On France

The nameless hero of this raw, fascinating walk on the wild side is a scruffily beautiful 22-year-old gay street hustler in Strasbourg, whose tough exterior is belied by his romantic neediness: he’s hopelessly in love with his “straight” fellow rent boy.

film synopsis

We first see the protagonist of Wild as he is undergoing a medical examination that suddenly turns sexual: The doctor, as it turns out, is the role-playing client of the “patient,” a 22-year-old gay hustler (the extraordinary Félix Maritaud) whose livelihood on the streets is the subject of this raw, fascinating character study. The nameless hero projects a tough, scruffy sexuality that’s belied by his emotional nakedness and romantic heart: He gives away more of himself than perhaps he should. He’s in love with his tough fellow rent boy Ahd, who considers himself straight and sneers at him for kissing a john: “It’s like you enjoy being a whore.” The sex in Wild is graphic but never exploitative; the encounters range from the painfully degrading to the tender. Never judgmental, but with a compassionate objectivity, first-time director Camille Vidal-Naquet makes us care deeply about this complex hustler, a boy who’d rather be lost than found.

film details

Original Language Title: Sauvage
Country: France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 97 minutes
Language: in French with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)
Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Producers: Emmanuel Giraud, Marie Sonne-Jensen
Principal Cast: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel, Marie Seux
Primary Company: Strand Releasing
Cinematographers: Jacques Girault
Editor: Elif Uluengin
Music: Romain Trouillet
Screenwriter: Camille Vidal-Naquet

2019 Film Festival