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(French language film with English subtitles)
Inspired by Herman Melville’s ‘Billy Budd’, Claire Denis’s ‘Beau Travail’ is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry and dance that explores the near-mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.
Denis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon’s commandant (Michel Subor). Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain’s downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing.
Director Denis creates a dark mounting tension that underlies the exquisite cinematography of Agnès Godard, whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers. A powerful examination of masculinity, ‘Beau Travail’ is mesmeric, sensual and extraordinarily beautiful.
- Certificate 15
Passed '15' for infrequent coarse language
- Run Time
1 hour 30 minutes