The central thrust of this graphic French drama may be a radical notion to some: that a sex worker can enjoy the wild, carnal freedom his or her job can provide, while also being vulnerable to its dangers. This film, the first from writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet, bubbles up from the plurality of emotions and experiences tied to sex work by focusing on one participant: a 22-year-old hustler (Félix Maritaud) who services a range of men on the outskirts of modern-day Strasbourg and, for the most part, has a good time doing it. His encounters stretch across the broad spectrum of human behavior, from tender to routine to vicious and terrifying. But through it all, Vidal-Naquet avoids what may have tempted lesser directors in handling the subject matter, such as judgment or cold, anthropological remove. Instead, he views his protagonist with compassion and respect, validating his desires while at the same time refusing to sugarcoat them. He has cited Agnès Varda’s Vagabond as an inspiration, and it shows. The two directors share a rare gift of being able to lyrically convey a nomadic life, which often includes romance, without romanticizing reality. In French with subtitles.