Coming on the heels of the sentimental PHILADELPHIA, it was predictable that SAVAGE NIGHTS would be heralded as a tough-minded AIDS movie--one that dares to address the complicity of some victims in the transmission of the disease. The film has a fascinating, trenchant first hour,
collapses of its own weight before the end, and lingers like a bad dream--to its credit.
Jean (director Cyril Collard) is an HIV-positive, bisexual filmmaker who drowns his anxiety in passion. He auditions 17-year-old boutique clerk Laura (Romane Bohringer), who fails the screen test but becomes Jean's lover. Almost concurrently, Jean auditions and seduces Samy (Carlos Lopez), who