Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
Beau travail
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Beau travail

Claire Denis France, 1999

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

Details

  • 93 min
  • Color
  • 1.66:1

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  • DCP
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD

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