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A remarkably empathetic, big-hearted and love-struck film
The men's bodies glow for each other, their faces fascinated by everything they see except what's going on around them, like a man-on-man La La Land.
Paris 05:59 conjures a world and a moment in time, and it does so with an understated skill throughout.
Light on plot yet heavy on chemistry, "Paris 05:59" is at times a little precious. But the two leads are so believably besotted that their occasional immaturity doesn't rankle.
The... character-driven and satisfying Paris 05:59 is a tight 90 minutes, mostly in very long takes with largely unobtrusive editing.
Medical facts, along with the delights of Paris particulars - the Canal Saint-Martin in the dead hours, the faces of early-morning Métro riders - give the film ballast when Théo and Hugo's getting-to-know-you patter grows too precious.
Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo is a naturalistic real-time romance that rewards audiences with intimacy and a sweet character-driven romance so long as squeamish moviegoers can enjoy/endure the opening hardcore sex sequence. Definitely worth a look.
A bounty of cinematic suppositions
An unexpectedly moving and even sweet movie about budding relationships, personal responsibility, and frank honesty.
Directing team Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau masterfully sustain a sense of real-time, improvised spontaneity as they track Hugo and Theo (Francois Nambot and Geoffrey Couet) for a strict, suspenseful 97 minutes.
Theo and Hugo see something in one another that they haven't seen in anyone else, and Theo and Hugo ebulliently attempts to explore that kind of queer magnetism.
Like our heroes, you spend the film wondering if this is a standard hook-up or something special. And that at least makes "Paris 05:59" special.
The two actors are good and have a powerful chemistry together (especially in the remarkably intense initial sequence), but what the film mistakes for authenticity is in fact a lot of artificial and painfully theatrical dialogue that unfortunately dilutes their onscreen presence.
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