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Savage Nights (1992)

Les nuits fauves (original title)
Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Jean has to overcome a personal crisis (he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Cyril Collard

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Cyril Collard (novel), Cyril Collard | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Collard ... Jean
Romane Bohringer ... Laura
Carlos López Carlos López ... Samy
Corine Blue Corine Blue ... La mére de Laure
Claude Winter Claude Winter ... la mére de Jean
René-Marc Bini René-Marc Bini ... Marc
Maria Schneider ... Noria
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Marianne
Laura Favali Laura Favali ... Karine
Denis D'Arcangelo Denis D'Arcangelo ... Sle chanteur réaliste
Jean-Jacques Jauffret Jean-Jacques Jauffret ... Pierre Olivier
Aïssa Djabri Aïssa Djabri ... Kader
Francisco Giménez Francisco Giménez ... Paco
Marine Delterme ... Sylvie
Yannick Tolila Yannick Tolila ... L'infimière
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Storyline

Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Jean has to overcome a personal crisis (he is HIV-positive) and a tough choice between Laura and his male lover Samy. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agries nyhtes See more »

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Box Office

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$662,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$662,341
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First and only feature film directed by Cyril Collard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jean: I feel I'm going through life like an American tourist, doing as many towns as possible.
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All too human
27 August 2001 | by saltarelloSee all my reviews

This film somehow seems like an observational documentary, a whirlwind trip inside somebody's life and mind, with all of the turbulence and contradiction that our lives often have. I've seen this film described as hysterical. Perhaps some lives do function on a more fraught emotional plane than others and that rollercoaster ride ascends to great pleasures as well as sinking toward the inevitable depths that tangibly fierce existences must face.

What a talent Collard was. Perhaps this would have been his finest moment had he lived. Somehow I feel that his consumate talent was just flowering when his body finally succumbed to his illness. Technically it is competent rather than outstanding, yet there are some scenes that have been arranged beautifully. However, the true magic in this film lies in its restricted narrative. All emotions are allowed to express themselves freely. The shots are relentless in their gaze. Collard's character makes the choice to live and to love, within the context of what life has in store for him. Where some cinema pontificates and emotionally rapes the audience, this film priviliges the viewer. We see non-hegemonic cinematic bravery and an engagement with freedom, and how that leaves one raw and damaged. Yet each day alive is a gift. We are fortunate indeed to share Collard's gift within this film and I urge those who have not seen it to do so.


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