Art, sex, politics, and commerce converge and duke it out in Denis’s best films.
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Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels compelled to stop him from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself.
Drama, Art House
Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
In Beau Travail, Claire Denis stunningly updates Herman Melville’s Billy Budd as an allegorical endgame set within a homosocial French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa. The oppressive neocolonialist Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) is Melville’s Claggart and Gilles Sentain (Grégoire Colin) is his ...
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