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Beau Travail (New 4K Restoration)

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Wed, Oct 14 / 8:45 pm
Directed by Claire Denis
1999, France, 93 min
French with English subtitles

With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time.
Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.


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Reviews

An achingly beautiful meditation on work, honor, pleasure, and betrayal.
- Entertainment Weekly
What is really remarkable about Denis's film is the way she succeeds in fusing the real and the dreamlike, the naturalistic and the figurative .
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
One of cinema’s most compelling and original meditations on the need for, and simultaneous resistance to, intimacy.
- Hannah McGill, BFI

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