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Inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, filmmaker Claire Denis' Beau Travail  explores the near mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.

Inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, filmmaker Claire Denis' Beau Travail  explores the near mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.

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Inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, filmmaker Claire Denis' Beau Travail is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry and dance that explores the near mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.

Denis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon's commandant (Michael Subor). Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain's downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing.

Director Denis creates a dark mounting tension which underlies the exquisite cinematography of Agnès Godard, whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers. A powerful examination of masculinity, Beau Travail  is mesmeric, sensual and extraordinarily beautiful.


Inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd, filmmaker Claire Denis' Beau Travail is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry and dance that explores the near mythical world of the French Foreign Legion.

Denis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon's commandant (Michael Subor). Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain's downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing.

Director Denis creates a dark mounting tension which underlies the exquisite cinematography of Agnès Godard, whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers. A powerful examination of masculinity, Beau Travail  is mesmeric, sensual and extraordinarily beautiful.


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SKU 5021866640303
Catalogue Number ART640DVD
Subtitle a film by Claire Denis
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1998
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Artificial Eye
Countries France
Aspect ratio 16:9 letterbox/ compatible with 4:3
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English
Language(s) French
Running time 90 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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