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Beau Travail(Beau travail)

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France · 2000
1h 30m
Director Claire Denis
Starring Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Nicolas Duvauchelle
Genre Drama

Chief Adjutant Galoup writes memoirs on his experiences in the French Foreign Legion sitting in his home in Marseille. He explores the loyalty and complicated emotions he felt being part of the Legion, and how his time there became upended by the arrival of a new recruit, Sentain.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

So intensely and beautifully choreographed! You absolutely feel the release in the last scene.

What are critics saying?


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A ruggedly beautiful landscape of desert and sea provides a dramatic setting for a psychological drama told with the utmost rigor--and unabashed eroticism.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.

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