Beau travail 1999
The imaginative French director Claire Denis proved her ability to beautifully choreograph a movie with her first effort Chocolat, released in 1989. This drama, also set in Africa, is inspired by Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) is in charge of the men in a small French Foreign Legion outpost. These muscular soldiers spend their days in training, doing guard duty, and playing war games. For rest and relaxation, they swim in the ocean and dance in an open-air disco. The Africans in the town view them as strange outsiders from another world.

Bored with the routine of his life, Galoup finds himself upset by the interest of his commander (Michel Subor) in Sentain (Gregoire Colin), a new recruit who seems to impress everyone with his selflessness and generosity. Envy is a vicious emotion, bitter and vindictive. In this meticulously staged drama, Galoup comes up with a scheme to do away with Sentain.

Director: Claire Denis
Cast: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin
Country: France
Genre: Drama, War


BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:33:19 | 44.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Denis Lavant - in this new video interview, actor Denis Lavant discusses the shooting of Beau Travail in Djibouti, his artistic 'connection' with Claire Denis, the filming of the notorious dance sequence, the evolution of his acting career, etc. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in Paris in 2020. In French, with optional English subtitles. (29 min, 1080p).

Agnes Godard - presented here is a selected-scene commentary with cinematographer Agnes Godard, which was recorded exclusively for Criterion in Paris in 2020. Some of the subjects that are addressed in it are the scouting of the key locations in Djibouti, the production process, the use of natural light and the ambience of the local nature, the choreography, etc. In French, with optional English subtitles. (22 min, 1080p).

Gregoire Colin - in this new video interview, actor Gregoire Colin, recalls his involvement with Beau Travail and work with Claire Denis and cast members during the production process. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in Paris in 2020. In French, with optional English subtitles. (17 min, 1080p).

Claire Denis and Barry Jenkins - presented here is a filmed conversation between Claire Denis and filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). The conversation was filmed in Paris and Los Angeles in 2020. In English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080i).

Beau Travail and The Dance Floor - this new video essay was written and narrated by film scholar Judith Mayne. It was produced in New York in 2020 for Criterion. In English, not subtitled. (28 min, 1080p).

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