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Beau travail (1999)

Unrated | | Drama, War | 3 May 2000 (France)
This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Galoup
... Commander Bruno Forestier
... Gilles Sentain
Richard Courcet ... Legionnaire
... 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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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,003, 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$247,606, 19 November 2000
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Galoup: [subtitled version] Maybe freedom begins with remorse. Maybe freedom begins with remorse. I heard that somewhere.
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Version of Encounter: Billy Budd (1955) See more »

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Written by Sezen Aksu (uncredited)
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Masterful, beautifully shot elegy for the warrior ethos
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

_Beau travail_ gives proof that French cinema can still produce masterpieces. This adaptation of Melville focuses on Vere rather than Billy and on a ritualistic masculine life that has lost its function and degenerated into sterile rivalry. It shows the subtle triumph of the female principle in this harsh environment without ever striking a discordant ideological note. The cinematography displaying the men against the desert is breathtaking, and the rhythm of the narrative sequences builds tension with a brilliant economy of means. Even the French is beautifully written. The best French film I've seen in years (and I've seen quite a few).


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