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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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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 | 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 | USA:Unrated
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The dance scene was shot in a single take.See more »
Galoup:[subtitled version] Maybe freedom begins with remorse. Maybe freedom begins with remorse. I heard that somewhere.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Billy Budd (1988) (TV)See more »
Le tourment d'amourSee more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Legio Patria Nostra, 4 February 2006
Author: macsvens-1 from United States

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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