Beau Travail

Beau Travail

Beau Travail

An ex-Foreign Legion officer recalls the days he holds most dear to him: the time he served commanding French troops into Africa in this drama from French filmmaker Claire Denis (White Material). But with the introduction of a promising new recruit, the old sergeant is introduced to an intense sort of envy that threatens to rip both of them apart.

Considered by many to be Denis' masterpiece, she based the story on Herman Melville's 1888 novella Billy Budd. The film features music from Benjamin Britten's opera adaptation of the same book.

Reader Jury of the "Berliner Zeitung" (Special Mention), Berlin Film Festival 2000.
1999Rating: M, Adult themes, Medium level coarse language93 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Claire Denis ('35 Shots of Rum', 'White Material', 'Trouble Every Day')
Claire DenisJean-Pol Fargeau
Denis LavantMichel SuborGrégoire Colin
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