Beau Travail (1999)

  • November 18, 2022 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Claire Denis
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: France
Language: French
Rating: NC16 (Some Nudity)


Special Mention: KNF Award

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography


In the Gulf of Djibouti, Foreign Legion officer Galoup dedicates his life and cause to a group of young soldiers. Life passes by peacefully with the same routine: training, guarding, washing, ironing, wandering into town and dancing. Suddenly, the arrival of a beautiful young soldier named Sentain threatens this order. Beautifully photographed and edited like a choreography, Beau Travail brings out the contrast and affinity between different dimensions: between the ever illuminating and harsh sunlight of the Djibouti desert, and the shady and mysterious neon light of the local dance floor; between songs of sacrifice and honor, and songs of lust and jealousy. A cinematographic exploration of the Body as a notion of foreignness.

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