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Beau Travail

Beau Travail (2000)



Average Rating: 9.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

Oct 15, 2002

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

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

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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A masterpiece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Rhythm in Denis' sight is pejorative routine.

September 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Beau Travail is an allegorical tale of revenge and jealousy set within a French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa.

May 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

March 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The problem is that this film lacks substance, talent and purpose, regardless of its language.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Achieves the stature of classic tragedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The final scene feels tragic; the rest of the movie is boring.

January 1, 2000

Beau Travail literally means beautiful work, and this film is all that and more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Denis gets right to the spiritual and emotional core with her brilliant staging and long shots.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

a rich mix, an object lesson in thoughtful filmmaking

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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
January 4, 2013
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.
December 11, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.
March 7, 2008
Linda K. T.

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