Hugo is a 2011 historical adventure drama film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it tells the story of a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s.
In 1931 Paris, 12-year-old Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives with his widowed, clockmaker father (Jude Law), who also works at a museum. Mr. Cabret finds a broken automaton - a mechanical man designed to write with a pen - at the museum. He and Hugo try to repair it, with Mr. Cabret documenting the automaton in a notebook. When his father dies, Hugo goes to live with his resentful, alcoholic uncle, Claude (Ray Winstone), and is forced to maintain the clocks at the Gare Montparnasse railway station. When Claude goes missing for several days, Hugo continues maintaining the clocks, fearing that vindictive Station Inspector Gustave Dasté (Sacha Baron Cohen) will send him away as an orphan if Claude's absence is discovered. Hugo attempts to repair the automaton with stolen parts, believing it contains a message from his father, but the machine requires a heart-shaped key that his father could not find.