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  • Summary: The soldiers of a small French Foreign Legion outpost spend their days practicing drills and exercising. Sergeant Galoup seems to be the perfect Legionnaire: a brooding, young loner who runs his troop efficiently until Sentain, a new recruit, arrives and threatens to upset the balance of his world. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. (Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
  2. You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.
  3. 90
    A lovely piece of work.
  4. 90
    Claire Denis' baffling and exhilarating "Billy Budd" smolders with heat-blasted rhythms and supercharged acting.
  5. "Chocolat" was just a warmup for the stunning display of the male form against National Geographic settings in her new Beau Travail.
  6. 50
    If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. JohnM
    Feb 14, 2008
    Beautiful. And that ending..... elusive, yet unforgettable. One of the best concluding sequences I've ever seen.
  2. Yvan
    Dec 9, 2009
    A stunning, melancholy film. Easily one of the best of the decade.
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    Claire Denis consistently breaks the boundaries of conventional filmmaking without resorting to pretension. BEAU TRAVAIL may just be her masterpiece, though I have a true fondness for TROUBLE EVERY DAY. Expand
  4. MaxA.
    Dec 17, 2006
    Brooding, plodding, self-conscious and silly. This is a caricature of a French art film. It goes nowhere for an hour and a half while the protagonist poses and smokes lots of cigarettes. In a word: merde. Expand
  5. JeffA
    Jan 1, 2010
    Ugh, another pretentious, boring "art" film. Truly lame. What is it with the french? I see so many of the worst films coming from there.

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