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Directed by
Claire Denis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 .... second 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 .... boom operator
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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Also Known As:
"Beau travail" - France (original title)
"Good Work" - Europe (English title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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The dance scene was shot in a single take.See more »
Commander Bruno Forestier:If it weren't for fornication and blood, we wouldn't be here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Encounter: Billy Budd" (1955)See more »
SimarikSee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A very feminine film about masculinity, 14 August 2000
Author: ( from Melbourne, Australia

The medium of film is blessed with the fact that with it, it is possible to exploit the merits of almost every artform. Film can make use of still imagery, like painting and photography, and three-dimensional (albeit in a virtual sense) imagery, like sculpture. It is music with visuals - theatre without physical restrictions. Hence, the possibilities of film are more numerous than any one other artform. However, the medium's potential remains largely unexplored, as very few film-makers venture far past conventional dialogue-based storytelling. As a means of story-telling, film is inferior to literature. The book, after all, is almost always better than the film. Dialogue-based storytelling is simply not the medium's forté. Claire Denis, with Beau Travail, has reminded us of this by making a beautiful , and powerful, film which is told largely through imagery. The subject of Beau Travail is very masculine: Men in the foreign legion - and in particular, one man's bitter obsession with another when he feels his 'alpha male' status threatened. The manner in which the film is made, however, is very feminine. Instead of a logical, cause-and-effect structure, the film has an ethereal fluidity. It is less made up of scenes, than it is of dozens of segments - most of them devoid of a narrative - which flow in and out past each other, sometimes reappearing later on, sometimes not. In one such segment, the tense relationship between Galoup and Sentain is shown as the two, eyes fixed, circle each other as if in some sort of surreal, hate-driven ritual. This moment, while being far removed from real human behaviour is, through its striking symbolism, as telling of the characters' inner experiences as any dialogue between them could be. Denis focuses on the details of the mens' lives in long, fascinated shots, observing almost every element of their lives - how they exercise, rest, fight, dance, swim, iron, eat, and hate. She sees the beauty of both the men and the world they inhabit, and shows this beauty as an integral (if not THE integral) part of the film. These many studied observations are small elements that, together, make up a remarkably rich whole. They form a film which has a depth and subtlety of perception which most male directors could not, in my opinion, achieve.

Written by Dawid Bleja

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