An exclusive clip for the new movie Sauvage has been released.
The film - which is directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet - tells the story of 22-year-old Leo (Felix Maritaud) who is doing whatever it takes to survive while seeking any form of true intimacy, and finding conflicted kinship with his fellow wild boys.
In the clip, we see Leo chatting to a fellow male prostitution after striking up a friendship.
In Attitude's March Style issue - which is available to download and buy now - director Vidal-Naquet talks about meeting with male prostitutes before making the film and explains why there is no backstory to the main character.
He says: “I wanted to respect the sensation that I had when I was with them. I didn’t know where they came from and I accepted that.
“You don’t know who [Leo] is because the movie isn’t a social analysis of how you become a hustler.”
He also recalls he met two prostitutes who were simply 'gay for pay', inspiring Sauvage’s platonic love story between Leo and straight fellow rent boy Ahd (played by Eric Bernard).
“They usually come from other countries and have a certain pride in saying, ‘We have wives and kids at home’. I saw them all the time together and learned that they shared the same hotel and bed. One day, one of them said: ‘I’m not well when he’s not there, I need him’.” I told him: ‘You’re not gay but you love him’. It was very touching.”
Leading man, Felix Maritaud, best known here for his performance as an activist in 2017’s acclaimed Aids drama 120 BPM, didn’t feel it was necessary to meet with any real-life counterparts.
“My character is not only out of society but out of this world of male hustling,” he says.
“He doesn’t belong to the same codes or rules [as them]. Prostitution is not really a job for him. He needs to share love, and he has found a platform to create links with people and give tenderness."
Sauvage opens in select cinemas nationwide from 1st March with Q&A previews running from 26 February.
Watch the exclusive clip below:
Read the full interview with Felix and Camille in Attitude's March Style issue, out now.