Director: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Language(s): French with English subtitles
Runtime: 97 min
Festival year: 2016
The 2009 winners of the Prix Jean Vigo, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Jeanne and the Perfect Guy) create what Variety has called their “boldest and best movie so far”. Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlinale’s 2016 Teddy Awards, Paris 05:59: Théo et Hugo is a contemporary love story. We third-wheel Théo and Hugo all over the City of Love, from their steamy start in a writhing Parisian sex club, through the gorgeously deserted streets of Paris on bicycles, by metro, along a canal, into the sterility of hospitals, and, of course, at the local kebab shop. Without being salacious, this intensely romantic and erotic film follows the two lovers as they grapple with the collision of fantasy and reality. The street corners of Paris at night are ever-sensuous as the two charismatic actors communicate as much through their eyes and bodies as through words in their exploration of le coup de foudre (love at first sight).
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