Beau travail (1999)

Unrated   |    |  Drama, War


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This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.


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21 February 2001 | gans
10
| Masterful, beautifully shot elegy for the warrior ethos
_Beau travail_ gives proof that French cinema can still produce masterpieces. This adaptation of Melville focuses on Vere rather than Billy and on a ritualistic masculine life that has lost its function and degenerated into sterile rivalry. It shows the subtle triumph of the female principle in this harsh environment without ever striking a discordant ideological note. The cinematography displaying the men against the desert is breathtaking, and the rhythm of the narrative sequences builds tension with a brilliant economy of means. Even the French is beautifully written. The best French film I've seen in years (and I've seen quite a few).

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Release Date:

3 May 2000

Language

French, Italian, Russian


Country of Origin

France

Filming Locations

Obock, Djibouti

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,003 2 April 2000

Gross USA:

$247,606

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