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Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) seems the ideal Legionnaire: a brooding loner, cut off from his past. He runs the troupe like a well-oiled machine, until his jealousy for a promising young recruit, Sentain (Gregoire Colin), threatens the delicate balance of his life. With the haunting suspense of Greek tragedy, Galoup's uncontrollable urge to destroy Sentain ultimately leads to his own downfall.
Besides that, nothing much happens, and what happens you don't know why.
Unfortunately the script fails to find the message of the story and so there is much correct atmosphere but little character development.
A very simple and powerful story of irrational hatred and rivalry between two men in the French Foreign legion.
Saw this film some time back in LA on the
Ind.Film Channel - I fell into the poetic-like
ambiance - or is it dream-like ? Read more
"Beau Travail" (1999) is directed by Claire Denis (Chocolat, White Material). The film is about the Legionnaire's life, and is mostly a series of images of the soldiers camped out... Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. Edmonson
If you like beautiful men in bare torsos and spectacular scenery you might enjoy looking at this movie. Besides that, nothing much happens, and what happens you don't know why. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Maduro
This is my latest addition to my "military/war flicks" collection.
From an artistic viewpoint, the film is beautifully shot and beautifully edited. Read more
Certainly a thought provoking film, like all this director's work. It was like watching a situation evolve from a careful distance with no involvement. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Frodo
La directora -a decir de Steiner- hace una interpretación responsable de "Billy Budd", el texto de Herman Melville: Traslada la aventura marina a un escuadrón de... Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Virginia F. Gatti
Director Claire Denis' BEAU TRAVAIL is not an easy film to categorize. Based in part on Herman Melville's novel, "Billy Budd" - and containing musical passages from Benjamin... Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by J. Michael Click
This is a great film from a cinematographic view point. It is very well filmed, the script is well-done, director does an awesome job to relate the attitude of service in hot... Read morePublished on April 17, 2008 by M. Semenov
Melville's great Billy Budd story told from the perspective of Claggart, who is the villain in Melville's story, but he's not exactly so evil here, even though he does try to kill... Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Q