About Beau Travail
- Year Released:
- Directed by Claire Denis
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.