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Story

The movies of French director Claire Denis (I Can't Sleep, Trouble Every Day) are magical to some viewers and maddening to others because of the indirect way she tells her stories. Plot and character are revealed through what feel like inconsequential moments, while the important events seem to happen between the scenes. Beau Travail is more accessible than most, partly because of the simplicity of its plot (a jealous Foreign Legion sergeant ruins his own career when his beloved commander becomes fond of a young recruit) but mostly because of the vividness of its imagery, particularly sensuous shots of muscular men sweating in the sun or swimming in the ocean. It's unabashedly homoerotic, but it's also a compelling portrait of the basic emotional drives felt by men in extreme circumstances. --Bret Fetzer

Cast

Denis LavantGaloup
Michel SuborCommander Bruno Forestier
Grégoire ColinGilles Sentain

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Producer: New Yorker
  • Length: 90 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
  • Ratings
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 15, 2002
    EuropeNov 20, 2000
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