Beau Travail (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beau Travail (2000)



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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 balance between the C.O. and the other men. Sentain is well-liked by his comrades for his good humor and selfless nature, and his virtues make him the C.O.'s new favorite. Galoup is jealous of the attention Sentain receives, and he devises a plan to discredit Sentain in the eyes of the other men and have him drummed out of the service. Galoup's plot is found out, however, and Galoup is stripped of his rank and sent home. Beau Travail was loosely based on Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, though disco dancing did not figure quite as prominently in Melville's novella. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Denis Lavant
as Galoup
Michel Subor
as Commander Bruno Forestier
Gregoire Colin
as Gilles Sentain
Richard Courcet
as Legionnaire
Nicolas Duvauchelle
as Legionnaire
Adiatou Massudi
as Legionnaire
Mickeal Ravovski
as Legionnaire
Dan Herzberh
as Legionnaire
Giuseppe Molino
as Legionnaire
Gianfranco Poddighe
as Legionnaire
Marc Veh
as Legionnaire
Thong Duy Nguyen
as Legionnaire
Jean-Yves Vivet
as Legionnaire
Bernardo Montet
as Legionnaire
Dimitri Tsiapkinis
as Legionnaire
Djamel Zemali
as Legionnaire
Addlekander Bouti
as Legionnaire
Marta Tafesse Kassa
as Young Woman
Abdlekander Bouti
as Legionnaire
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Critic Reviews for Beau Travail

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

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

March 7, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A masterpiece.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

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

Full Review… | May 2, 2001
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2001
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for Beau Travail

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

Super Reviewer


It's slow and thoughtful. Tragic and beautiful. Denis is very deliberate and effective with a rather small budget. Brilliant!

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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