Theo and Hugo

This French film has a lot of heart but to get to it you have to pass through the first twenty minutes or so of rather hard-hitting scenes inside a Paris sex club.  The story concerns two young men who meet and who find their attraction to each other is on a different plane to the other encounters at the same club.

The problem is that their encounter has put one of them at risk and a trip to the hospital is required.  They go together and then walk through the city getting to know each other and dealing with the strong emotions arising from their encounter.  The opening was stronger than I am used to but, once through this, the film is sweet and shows the blossoming of love in a sweet way.  Adding to the power of the film is its rolling out in real-time so that we travel through the night with Hugo and Theo.

We are left at the end with the same uncertainty faced by the boys themselves but with a large feeling of hope that this is a relationship will last.  To make me feel this way after 90 minutes is quite an achievement.

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