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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Savage Nights

Les Nuits fauves

A promiscuous bisexual man wrestles with the burden of living with HIV in this touching, autobiographical film.

Image from Savage Nights

France 1992
Dir Cyril Collard
With Cyril Collard, Romane Bohringer, Carlos López
English subtitles

Filmmaker, novelist, musician and poet Cyril Collard worked as Pialat’s assistant (and acted in À Nos amours), and his mentor’s influence shows in the raw honesty of his only feature. Collard plays a promiscuous bisexual man wrestling with the burden of living with HIV. A year after the film’s release, Collard died of AIDS-related complications, leaving this landmark, nakedly autobiographical film as a searing testament to his many talents.


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