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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. Collapse
Score distribution:
  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. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    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

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