The film is about a group of Bohemian artists struggling with love, success, and AIDS in the gritty East Village of New York City in the late 80s. It follows the stories of eight individuals whose lives collide on one Christmas and who become a family over the course of a year. There's Roger, a songwriter who shut himself off from the rest of the world after his girlfriend committed suicide upon learning that she was HIV-positive (Roger contracted the disease from her,) his new love, Mimi, an HIV-positive exotic dancer who is addicted to heroin, his roomate, Mark, a struggling filmmaker, Mark's ex-girlfriend, Maureen, who has left him for a lawyer named Joanne, Tom Collins, an HIV-positive college professor, Collins's lover, Angel, a transvestite with AIDS, and Benny, former roomate to Roger, Mark, Collins, and Maureen and now owner of the building.
Continuity mistake: When Mark is editing his film at the end of the movie, there is a segment of Angel when he was singing "Today 4 U," Mark never filmed during that scene. At no point during Angel's performance does Mark pick up his camera and film Angel. We see Mark without his camera just watching Angel. (00:26:50 - 01:54:55)
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