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3 May 2000 (France) See more »
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This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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All the ingredients of a superb film...just not mixed yet! See more (67 total) »

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Directed by
Claire Denis 
 
Writing credits
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Claire Denis  writer
Jean-Pol Fargeau  writer
Herman Melville  story "Billy Budd, Sailor"

Produced by
Patrick Grandperret .... producer
Jérôme Minet .... executive producer
Eric Zaouali .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Henri de Pierrefeu 
Eran Zur  (as Eran Tzur)
 
Cinematography by
Agnès Godard 
 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
 
Casting by
Nicolas Lublin 
 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
 
Makeup Department
Danièle Vuarin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Salem Brahimi .... unit production manager
Eric Zaouali .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Allegre .... assistant director
Nicolas Conti .... trainee assistant director
Ali Mohammed Hamadou .... assistant director: Djibouti
Murielle Iris .... assistant director
Julien Louvret .... trainee assistant director
Moussah Hassan Moussah .... assistant director
Flore Rougier .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Stéphane Taillasson .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... sound assistant
Nathalie Vidal .... sound engineer
Jean-Christophe Winding .... sound editor (as Christophe Winding)
 
Visual Effects by
Ronan Broudin .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Bureau .... assistant camera
Gérard Delayat .... key grip
Patrick Grandperret .... underwater camera operator
Olivier Regent .... head electrician
Thérèse Somano .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Keusch .... costumer
Zara .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Emmanuelle Pencalet .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tarkan .... composer: song "Simarik"
 
Transportation Department
Moumin Daoud Ali .... driver
 
Other crew
Niaz Ziad Ibrahim .... production assistant: Djibouti
Bernardo Montet .... choreographer
Bruno Mérieux .... administrator: Marseille
Danielle Vaugon .... production coordinator
Béatrice Zanetti .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beau travail" - France (original title)
"Good Work" - Europe (English title)
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92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Chile:14 | France:U | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15
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Michel Subor previously played Bruno Forestier 37 years earlier in Godard's Le Petit Soldat (1963).See more »
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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
All the ingredients of a superb film...just not mixed yet!, 20 May 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

BEAU TRAVAIL is a curious film. It is based on the story 'Billy Budd' by Herman Melville and on the operatic adaptation by EM Forster of Benjamin Britten's magnificent BILLY BUDD and has all the right pieces in place to make a fine, updated adaptation of the story. Unfortunately the script fails to find the message of the story and so there is much correct atmosphere but little character development.

The original story revolves around a warship (The Rights o' Man) in the French and English war that takes on recruits while at sea. The Captain relates the story of how he was forced to hang the magnificently beautiful and loved new recruit Billy Budd because of an accidental death in part due to Budd's fatal flaw - his stammer. The Master at Arms notices Billy from the beginning as a creature of physical beauty and there is a strong physical attraction to the lad. Unable to cope with his feelings, the Master at Arms plots for the downfall of the object of his desire and lust and it is his manipulation that results in Billy's hanging, nearly causing a mutiny by Billy's shipmates. Billy is a Parsifal character - a 'guileless fool', who even in his sentencing to death still blesses the Captain of the ship.

All well and good. The film here transplants much of this tale to a Foreign Legion outpost in Africa, and much of the above is insinuated. The appropriation is so complete that portions of Britten's opera BILLY BUDD are used to set scenes. But there the magic stops. The 'master at arms' does not seem to desire the beautiful recruit but for some unexplained reason seeks to have him gone. Such a shame. It is as though the writer wanted to avoid homosexual overtones of the original and as a result the characters have no where to go. All of the actors are good, the scenery is bleak (a desert here instead of the bleak sea of the original)and appropriate, the music is an eclectic mix that works. All the ingredients are here to make a fine film, but it just doesn't come off. The director needed to see the old film version of Billy Budd starring Terrence Stamp to see that pitting the evil, sadistic, lusty master at arms against the virile, sensitive and good young man can and does work well.

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