I’m always a bit dubious about reports that a film prompted walkouts, as it can’t help but sound like a marketing ploy. However, there were apparently quite a few people who didn’t get through to the end of the screenings of Sauvage at Cannes, due to its graphic approach to its story.
However, many of the reviewers who did watch it all the way through praised its honesty, even if they did say it’s sometimes tough to watch. Having seen it myself, if it did prompt walkouts it was most likely down to homophobia and squeamishness about the emotional rawness of what it’s portraying.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.’
The film will be in UK cinemas on March 1st. Take a look at the new trailer below.