Length: 99 min.
Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Language: French, Dutch subtitles
Cast: Felix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel
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On a forest road outside of Strasbourg, 22-year-old Leo (a riveting Felix Maritaud, last seen in Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM) sells his body to anyone who comes along. He has been in prostitution for some time and knows that customers can vary from nice to bizarre and dangerous. His colleague Ahd (Eric Bernard), who lives in a squat where Leo sometimes sleeps, seems to be the object of Leo’s true affections, despite Ahd’s lack of interest. Ahd wants to get out of this world as quickly as possible and hopes that an older, wealthy customer will permanently take care of him. Leo does not have such dreams because only in his contact with colleagues does he think he can find a little love and tenderness. Then one night Leo meets the Canadian businessman Claude… Camille Vidal-Naquet’s debut won the French Oscar for Best First Feature at the February 2019 César awards.
‘Raw, uncompromising and yet strangely romantic… French writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s first feature is a moody character study of a young gay hustler whose tenderness survives even his most bruising experiences… [Leo is] played with emotional nakedness and complete physical surrender by the remarkable Felix Maritaud.’—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter