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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
Richard Courcet ...
Legionnaire
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Legionnaire
Adiatou Massudi ...
Legionnaire
Mickael Ravovski ...
Legionnaire
Dan Herzberg ...
Legionnaire
Giuseppe Molino ...
Legionnaire
Gianfranco Poddighe ...
Legionnaire
Marc Veh ...
Legionnaire
Thong Duy Nguyen ...
Legionnaire
Jean-Yves Vivet ...
Legionnaire
Bernardo Montet ...
Legionnaire
Dimitri Tsiapkinis ...
Legionnaire
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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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$21,003 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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$247,606 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Quotes

Commander Bruno Forestier: [subtitled version]
[in Russian]
Commander Bruno Forestier: Why did you join the Legion?
Legionnaire: [in Russian] Commandant, you know what it's like in Russia. No money, no work. I was in the army there for two years. I fought for Russia. But it's impossible to fight just for an ideal. An ideal that just keeps changing. You know what I mean?
Commander Bruno Forestier: [in Russian] What ideal?
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Version of Hora once: Billy Budd (1972) See more »

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Billy Budd Opera
Music by Benjamin Britten
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Most powerful ending since Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev"
8 December 2000 | by (Planet X) – See all my reviews

"French Foreign Legion of the mind" is close, but I think a better epitome would be a meditation on wasted potential. If there is a theme that runs through Claire Denis' movies, it is civilization and its discontents, and this is her best work on the subject yet. The imagery alludes to Antonioni's "The Passenger" and rightly so: both films treat the annihilation of identity, although Denis' vision is ultimately darker. The last scene is the most haunting since the ending to Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev."

Sure, the voice-over is awkward, but Calvin Klein is absolutely the wrong referent here. Far apter would be Leni Riefenstahl.


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