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Beau Travail (1999)
"Beau travail" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 May 2000 (France)
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This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.

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Gilles Sentain
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Adiatou Massudi ...
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Mickael Ravovski ...
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Dan Herzberg ...
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Giuseppe Molino ...
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Gianfranco Poddighe ...
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Marc Veh ...
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Thong Duy Nguyen ...
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Jean-Yves Vivet ...
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Bernardo Montet ...
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Dimitri Tsiapkinis ...
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This film focuses on ex-Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels compelled to stop him from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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£30,222 (UK) (14 July 2000)

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$247,606 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Michel Subor previously played Bruno Forestier 37 years earlier in Godard's Le Petit Soldat (1963). See more »

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Commander Bruno Forestier: If it weren't for fornication and blood, we wouldn't be here.
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Setain and Galoup
1 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film's message about the goodness and innocence of Setain, and the malice of Sargeant Galoup, is too subtle for the film's own good, and comes across as being undeveloped.

Why doesn't Galoup more deeply question his hatred for Setain? I was a bit dismayed that this wasn't questioned much, even if there weren't any answers. Also, the film's marketing makes the film sound lurid and sexual, whereas it is not. Perhaps to draw in more viewers for an otherwise dry and sparse depiction of man's senselessness.

The film initially shows a lot of promise. The interaction among the men is more comradeship than anything else. I was interested in the depiction of Legionnaire military life, especially from the various other countries.


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