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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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Opening Weekend:

£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 »

Quotes

Galoup: We all have a trashcan within. That's my theory.
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Version of Billy Budd (1966) See more »

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Simarik
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Legio Patria Nostra
4 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a 10 year veteran of the Marines during peace time, I loved how this movie captured the often times dull, daily routine of military life. The scenes of the legionaires meticulously ironing their uniforms, training, exercising, were very accurate and brought back a lot of memories. To some, these scenes may seem boring and belabored but I found them mesmerizing and wishing they would last longer. I also feel she somewhat captured the sometimes complicated feelings of love, hate, respect, jealousy, etc. of men living together in a military environment. Robert Ryan did a better job at being hateful in the movie "Billy Budd" than Lavant does here as Galoup. I saw him as more a tragic figure and ended up feeling sorry for him. Sorry because he ruined a life that he loved. The movie was visually beautiful. I was somewhat confused, if not fascinated, by the dance scene at the end. What does that signify?


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