Beau Travail

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Beau Travail

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.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Art House
Runtime
90
Language
French
Director
Claire Denis
Cast
Denis Lavant
FEATURED REVIEW
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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