enfant sauvage

enfant sauvage

(ɑ̃fɑ̃ sovaʒ)
n, pl enfants sauvages (ɑ̃fɑ̃ sovaʒ)
a person given to naive, undisciplined, or unpredictable behaviour, largely because of youth and inexperience
[C20: literally: wild child]
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In Bucheron, the self-confident, frequently naked enfant sauvage gave off star aura during a period when Canada's film culture suffered from a weird hang-up about the imagination, not to speak of sexual glamour.
As the centrepiece of this salon, she adopts her very own enfant sauvage (Caroline Dhavernas), a child raised by pigs in a nearby village farm, whom she begins educating in human ways.