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Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: French Studies

First Advisor

Karen Humphreys


This thesis analyzes two films that focus on the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in France, specifically in Paris. The two primary sources for this thesis are the films 120 Battements Par Minute (BPM (battements par minute)) and Théo et Hugo dans le Même Bateau (Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo.) Through these films as well as other scholarly and literary sources, I show how each director represents the HIV/AIDS crisis for contemporary audiences.

First, I illustrate the documentary aspect of both films. Second, I show through these films how the HIV/AIDS crisis, which began as a collective battle, has become something of an individual battle in recent years with the adoption of PrEP. And finally, I analyze how these films are relevant to society today, specifically how gay men meet and interact with each other in 2022.

This research is significant because it responds to a recent wave of films and TV shows about the HIV/AIDS crisis in recent years in France as well as internationally. Moreover, this research is important in that it provides insight as to how these films can serve as a reference point about many aspects of HIV/AIDS for gay men living today as well as future generations.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in French Studies. Full text access is limited to the Trinity community.