Beau Travail

Beau Travail

Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd, Denis’ extraordinary movie centres on Galoup (Denis Lavant), who recalls his time as a seargent-major in the French Foreign Legion. With limited dialogue and a poetic juxtaposition of music and stunning images of beauty, Denis and her team create a fixed, timeless world of mysterious, balletic rites, rippled with simmering homoerotic tensions.

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Beau Travail

Good work... if you can get it

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Year: 1999
  • Run Time: 90mins
  • Format: 35mm
  • Country: France
  • Rating: R