Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
2016, France, 97 min., French with English subtitles
In a story told in virtually real time, Théo and Hugo meet each other in an underground sex club. They talk and soon lose themselves in the haziness of unbridled desire — a graphic, no-holds-barred encounter that’s most certainly NSFW. Afterwards, the two go outside and drift down the deserted streets of nocturnal Paris. When the men confront the fact that they had unprotected sex, the reality of the situation — one of them is HIV-positive — quickly spoils the mood. The filmmakers display consummate sensitivity in showing two men striving for intimacy in spite of their insecurities, and the lead actors delight with their remarkably intuitive performances and incredible charm.
James Agnew & Brad Morris