9/21/2016

Theo and Hugo (2016)

  Sex before marriage used to be a big deal but in the age of readily available smartphone apps and sex clubs, coitus before a conversation has become an au-courant manner to meet new people — especially for younger generations. It is thus something of a surprise that there aren’t more films like Paris 5:59 (Theo & Hugo dans le meme bateau), the story of two cute guys who get to know each other and might even fall in love… after having first copulated for 20 minutes — the movie’s in real time! — in a sex dungeon.

Average Rating: 6,2/10
Country: France
Language: French
Release Date: 27 April 2016 (France)
Duration: 1h 37min
Genre: Drama, Romance 
Director: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Writer: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Stars: Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot, Mario Fanfani
Synopsis: Theo and Hugo meet each other in a sex club in Paris. After building a special connection while having sex, the meet outside the club where they realize they had unprotected sex. Since one of them is HIV positive, they go to the hospital to get checked and start the required treatment. You see the boys spend the night together and fall in love after this incident.
    Cineastes will see parallels with Andrew Haigh’s Weekend and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset among other films (the original French tile, Theo & Hugo dans le meme bateau, tips its hat to Jacques Rivette), but the film has its own specific vibe, thanks in part to the writer-directors’ unique, immersive sense of the milieu and the leads’ tender chemistry. Inky shots of Paris with neon lights reflected in puddles are glittery bonus feature.
  The best scene of the film is definitely the opening scene, an explicit orgy in a backroom that renders the platform for the two main characters to meet, and for us to become acquainted to them

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