Beau Travail
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In this military drama, a military man finds his position of prominence questioned when a new recruit wins the commander's favor. Galoup (Denis Lavant) is an officer at a French Foreign Legion outpost in the Gulf of Dijbouti, where he enjoys a close relationship with the Commanding Officer (Michel Subor) and works with a team of fit young men who work hard all day and play hard all night. When Sentain (Gregoire Colin), a new recruit, joins the troops, Galoup believes that it upsets the delicate balance between the C.O. and the other men. Sentain is well-liked by his comrades for his good… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As much poem as film. It requires patience, which it rewards at every languid turn."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"An imaginative drama about the dire effects of envy, that vicious emotion that spreads pain and agony everywhere it reaches."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The problem is that this film lacks substance, talent and purpose, regardless of its language."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"Beau Travail literally means beautiful work, and this film is all that and more."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a rich mix, an object lesson in thoughtful filmmaking"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"A masterpiece."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Beau Travail is an allegorical tale of revenge and jealousy set within a French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Achieves the stature of classic tragedy."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Denis gets right to the spiritual and emotional core with her brilliant staging and long shots."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Rhythm in Denis' sight is pejorative routine."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"Winds up as a disappointment due to its languid pacing and a plastic sensibility as to what constitutes film art. In other words, it's typically French."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The final scene feels tragic; the rest of the movie is boring."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Denis' film is as fluid as her nine others, demonstrating her skill at integrating story strands with her handsome visual sense and gift for evocation."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
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