Inspired by Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd', filmmaker Claire Denis' 'Beau Travail' is a stunning combination of literature, music and dance that explores the near-mythical world of the French Foreign Legion. Dennis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain (Gregoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon's commandant (Michel Subor). Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain's downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing. Director Denis creates a dark mounting tension... that underlies the exquisite cinematography of Agnes Godard, whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers. [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Inspired by Herman Melville&39;s Billy Budd filmmaker Claire Denis&39; BEAU TRAVAIL is a stunning combination of literature music poetry and dance that explores the near mythical world of the French Foreign Legion Denis Lavant stars as Galoup a sergeant-major whose position and power are threatened when the bravery and heroism of new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon&39;s commandant (Michael Subor) Enraged Galoup plots Sentain&39;s downfall a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing Director Denis creates a dark mounting tension which underlies the exquisite cinematography of Agnès Godard whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers A powerful examination of masculinity BEAU TRAVAIL is mesmeric sensual and extraordinarily beautiful Actors Denis Lavant Michel Subor Grégoire Colin & Richard Courcet Director Claire Denis Certificate 15 years and over Year 1998 Languages French - Dolby Digital (20) Stereo Subtitles English
Director Claire Denis' intensely physical study of tensions within a platoon of legionnaires stationed in North Africa. Fearing for his position within the group, Sergeant-Major Galoup (Denis Lavant) is growing increasingly jealous of the popular new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) and decides to bring about his downfall. Eventually, when the platoon have left on a series of exercises, Galoup manages to provoke Sentain into a direct confrontation, the two of them coming face-to-face for the last time in an incredible sequence set against the harsh, rocky coastal landscape and the music of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd'.