97 mins, France, 2018, Digital, Subtitled

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22-year-old Léo (Félix Maritaud) is a rent boy on the streets of Strasbourg; an enigmatic figure, he is by turns a streetwise hustler and a lonely boy lost, craving non-transactional intimacy. Léo is sick with unrequited love for the handsome Ahd (Eric Bernard), one of the fraternal group of fellow prostitutes he hangs with, who counsels him to find a wealthy older man as a means to escape to a better life. This bracing first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet balances raw authenticity with striking moments of profound tenderness and compassion.

Director’s Note: Both crude and sentimental, a quest for love amidst the cruel realities of male prostitution displays intense acting from Felix Maritaud.

Notes by David O’Mahony

Official Selection, Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2018

Screening as part of IFI French Film Festival – November 14th to 25th

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