For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
252 Ratings

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau

France, 2016
Drama, LGBT+, Romance


Théo and Hugo encounter each other’s bodies in a sex club. They talk, things blur into the haziness of unbridled desire, then take shape for a moment as their gaze meets before they resume their exploration and lose themselves anew. A few moments later the two men feel the need to go outside.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo Directed by Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Very few films accept the contradicting velocities of gay desire, and present them in such blunt yet graceful fashion, the way Paris 05:59 does. Ducastel and Martineau understand the propensity for the sheer revolutions that secluded sex rooms seem to foster, as well as the brevity of gay bliss—so easily dismantled by a world that conspires against its longevity through disease, invisibility, and the over-abundance of muscled bodies happy to perform.
January 18, 2017
Read full article
Beginning with the intimacy of sex, rather than proceeding towards it, is Ducastel and Martineau’s greatest gamble… And lest the film be accused of echoing and reclaiming a sexually liberated pre-AIDS sensibility and ignoring the very real side effects of Hugo and Theo’s freewheeling encounter, Paris 05:59 turns its post-coital narrative into an extended dialogue about safe sex, at once demystifying and strengthening the love-at-first-sight connection between the two beautiful young men.
October 21, 2016
Read full article
The film is kept buoyant by the giddy attraction between the leads, but co-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau are also artful economizers, folding a Syrian immigrant, a lonely old woman, and tales of gay life in the country and the city into what’s fundamentally a sweet, conventional romance (a relationship that begins with sex and involves a health scare cannot be shocking to college-educated Americans).
January 31, 2017
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films