About Beau Travail

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Inspired by Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, the film focuses on the lives of men in a small French Foreign Legion outpost, emphasizing the banality and ritual of their days in the scorching sun. Sergeant Galoup, seems the ideal Legionnaire: a brooding loner, cut off from his past. He runs the troupe like a well-oiled machine, until the arrival of a new recruit threatens to upset the delicate balance. The film is a poetic and lyrical exploration of a special, very enclosed male world through its rituals, codes and barely contained emotional conflicts, and resonates with the power of a Greek tragedy.
French language with English subtitles. (35mm presentation)

Claire Denis is scheduled to be present.

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