Hugo

Hugo
Posted by Charlotte Wood on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 12:13pm

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Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese is based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  It is an enchanting film set in a railway station in 1930s Paris. Hugo is a young orphan boy whose father, a clock maker, was working on restoring an automation (mechanical man) when he was killed in a museum fire.   After his father’s death, Hugo is taken in by his alcoholic uncle who takes care of the clocks in the railway station. When his uncle goes missing, Hugo takes over the care of the clocks unknown to management.  Hugo must learn to fend for himself and takes to stealing food all the while dodging the station policeman.  The young boy desperately wants to fix the automation as he believes it will reveal a message from his father. In trying to gets parts for repairs, Hugo steals toys from the toy shop owner, a former film maker whose best days have passed him by, and is caught.  The meeting of these two individuals is pivotal to the rest of the story.  They help each other in unexpected ways and learn that it is possible to rediscover and follow ones dreams.