Beau Travail (2000)

Beau Travail

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In this military drama, a military man finds his position of prominence questioned when a new recruit wins the commander's favor. Galoup (Denis Lavant) is an officer at a French Foreign Legion outpost in the Gulf of Dijbouti, where he enjoys a close relationship with the Commanding Officer (Michel Subor) and works with a team of fit young men who work hard all day and play hard all night. When Sentain (Gregoire Colin), a new recruit, joins the troops, Galoup believes that it upsets the delicate … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Beau Travail

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (11)

As much poem as film. It requires patience, which it rewards at every languid turn.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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A masterpiece.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 31, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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Rhythm in Denis' sight is pejorative routine.

Full Review… | September 24, 2003
Apollo Guide

An imaginative drama about the dire effects of envy, that vicious emotion that spreads pain and agony everywhere it reaches.

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Beau Travail

it's a visual poem over the thinly disguised bones of billy budd but it can't really be described, only experienced. the remarkable denis lavant strikes again. nice work indeed

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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Claire Denis' treatment of the modern French Foreign Legion rolls in its own time but the story that it weaves is well worth the wait. Very well filmed.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Not an easy film to watch because it often goes back and forth from past to present. But visually, the film is gorgeous. The director knows where to frame her landscapes and how to frame her actors.
Finally, the final sequence is just memorable. It might seem completely out of there, but there is more than it seems.
The film is NOT straightforward in terms of narrative, but we just need to dig a little to understand deeply the soldiers.

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Linda K. T.

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