Director: Claire Denis Run Time: 92 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2000 Language: French with English subtitles
Starring: Denis Lavant, Grégoire Colin, Michel Subor, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Richard Courcet
Screenwriters: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Producer: Patrick Grandperre
Claire Denis’ languid and muscular masterpiece of thwarted homosexuality and toxic masculinity will floor you all over again. With a story based on Herman Melville’s Billy Bud, stunning cinematography from the legendary Agnès Godard, remarkable performances by Denis Lavant and Grégoire Colin, and Denis’ deft and poetic hand, Beau Travail set amidst the backdrop of a war zone. Foreign Legion officer Galoup recalls his once glorious life, training troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict, and regimented, until the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup’s mind.