Beau Travail (1999)
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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
Mar 31, 2000 Limited
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As much poem as film. It requires patience, which it rewards at every languid turn.
An imaginative drama about the dire effects of envy, that vicious emotion that spreads pain and agony everywhere it reaches.
Beau Travail is an allegorical tale of revenge and jealousy set within a French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa.
Winds up as a disappointment due to its languid pacing and a plastic sensibility as to what constitutes film art. In other words, it's typically French.
The problem is that this film lacks substance, talent and purpose, regardless of its language.
The final scene feels tragic; the rest of the movie is boring.
Beau Travail literally means beautiful work, and this film is all that and more.
Denis gets right to the spiritual and emotional core with her brilliant staging and long shots.
Denis' film is as fluid as her nine others, demonstrating her skill at integrating story strands with her handsome visual sense and gift for evocation.
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