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

Unrated  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilles Sentain
Richard Courcet ...
Adiatou Massudi ...
Mickael Ravovski ...
Dan Herzberg ...
Giuseppe Molino ...
Gianfranco Poddighe ...
Marc Veh ...
Thong Duy Nguyen ...
Jean-Yves Vivet ...
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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 <>

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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 »


Galoup: That day, something overpowering took hold of my heart. I thought about the end. The end of me. The end of Forestier.
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Masterful, beautifully shot elegy for the warrior ethos
21 February 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

_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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