Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

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Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
Théo & Hugo dans le même bateau.jpg
Film poster
Directed byOlivier Ducastel
Jacques Martineau
Produced byEmmanuel Chaumet
Written byOlivier Ducastel
Jacques Martineau
StarringGeoffrey Couët
François Nambot
Music byKarelle-Kuntur
CinematographyManuel Marmier
Edited byPierre Deschamps
Distributed byEpicentre Films
Release date
  • 15 February 2016 (2016-02-15) (Berlin)
  • 27 April 2016 (2016-04-27) (France)
Running time
97 minutes

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (French: Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau), also known as Theo and Hugo in some territories, is a 2016 French drama film directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. It was shown in the Panorama section at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] The film won the Audience Award at the Berlin Festival's 2016 Teddy Awards.[2]

The film stars Geoffrey Couët and François Nambot as two gay men who meet during the film's opening 20-minute scene in L'Impact, a gay sex club,[3][4] and follows them as they get to know each other during the next two hours, biking and walking in northeast Paris, visiting a hospital, riding the subway, and visiting one's apartment, encountering a woman on the subway and a counter server in a kebab shop.[5] The action of the film begins at 4:27 am and concludes at 5:59 am.[6]

The film was filmed over the course of fifteen days, including nine nights, on a small budget. The original script set the film over the course of 28 days, but was later changed to occur during real-time in the course of 93 minutes in the early morning hours.

The film has references to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. According to gender studies scholar Todd Reeser, the film transforms the ancient myth to open up new narrative and gender ways of being.[7]



  1. ^ "Berlinale 2016: Panorama Celebrates Teddy Award's 30th Anniversary and Announces First Titles in Programme". Berlinale (Press release). Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Berlin: 'Tomcat' Wins Teddy Award for Best Film". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Because the Night Belongs to Lovers – Theo and Hugo (Film Review)". Vulture Hound. 19 September 2016.
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  5. ^ "Berlin Film Review: Paris 05:59". Variety. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  6. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (16 February 2016). "'Paris 5:59' ('Theo & Hugo dans le meme bateau'): Berlin Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  7. ^ Todd W. Reeser, “The Anti-Orpheus: Queering Myth in Ducastel et Martineau’s Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau (2016),” Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 42.2 (Feb. 2018): 1-19.

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