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Beau Travail

Beau Travail
  • 2000
  • France
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis
  • Cast: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin
  • Language: French, Italian, Russian

An imaginative reworking of Herman Melville's novella 'Billy Budd, Sailor', 'Beau Travail' sees writer-director Denis relocating the source material from the 19th century British navy to the present-day French Foreign Legion. In Marseille, Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) recalls the events that led to him being forced to leave the corps after being posted to a remote outpost in Djibouti, East Africa. A work filled with beauty, sadness and mystery. Mesmerising filmmaking.

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Claire Denis retrospective includes White Material, Beau Travail and Chocolat

8 Jul 2010

Claire Denis is one of the most significant figures of contemporary world cinema. To coincide with the Edinburgh Filmhouse season of here films currently screening, film writer Tony McKibbin offers an analysis of the French film-maker's body of work.

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