Beau Travail
Beau Travail (2000)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 31, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

As much poem as film. It requires patience, which it rewards at every languid turn.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An imaginative drama about the dire effects of envy, that vicious emotion that spreads pain and agony everywhere it reaches.

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Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

The problem is that this film lacks substance, talent and purpose, regardless of its language.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A masterpiece.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Beau Travail is an allegorical tale of revenge and jealousy set within a French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

The final scene feels tragic; the rest of the movie is boring.

Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

Rhythm in Denis' sight is pejorative routine.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Denis gets right to the spiritual and emotional core with her brilliant staging and long shots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
it's a visual poem over the thinly disguised bones of billy budd but it can't really be described, only experienced. the remarkable denis lavant… More
John Ballantine
Claire Denis' treatment of the modern French Foreign Legion rolls in its own time but the story that it weaves is well worth the wait. Very well filmed.
Linda K. T.
Not an easy film to watch because it often goes back and forth from past to present. But visually, the film is gorgeous. The director knows where to frame her… More