When Sauvage debuted earlier this year at Cannes Film Festival, the film shocked and awed viewers for its raw and honest portrayal of gay prostitution.
The film, directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet, tells the story of a 22-year-old gay hustler, Leo, played by Felix Maritaud (who played Max in 2017's BPM).
In an interview with the Vulture, Vidal-Naquet discusses the juxtapositions that innately come with being a young hustler.
"For a boy who hustles in the street, there is this contrast where you can sleep on the ground, but 20 minutes later, you can be in a palace with an extremely rich client. They have so much less than we have and also so much more."
But there's also the darker side of prostitution. At one point in the film, Leo goes home with two men who treat him like an "unthinking animal."
"One of the men orders Leo to get on all fours, then begins to lube up a gigantic, intimidating butt plug which he will wield almost like a weapon," wrote Vulture's Kyle Buchanan. "A few of the women behind me fled the theater at that point, but Vidal-Naquet said such a scene was necessary."
Watch the heart-wrenching trailer for the film below.