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Beau Travail Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

In this military drama, a military man finds his position of prominence questioned when a new recruit wins the commander's favor. Galoup ([[Performer~P40834~Denis Lavant~denislavant]]) is an officer at a French Foreign Legion outpost in the Gulf of Dijbouti, where he enjoys a close relationship with the Commanding Officer ([[Performer~P68919~Michel Subor~michelsubor]]) and works with a team of fit young men who work hard all day and play hard all night. When Sentain ([[Performer~P14141~Gregoire Colin~grégoirecolin]]), a new recruit, joins the troops, Galoup believes that it upsets the delicate balance between the C.O. and the other men. Sentain is well-liked by his comrades for his good humor and selfless nature, and his virtues make him the C.O.'s new favorite. Galoup is jealous of the attention Sentain receives, and he devises a plan to discredit Sentain in the eyes of the other men and have him drummed out of the service. Galoup's plot is found out, however, and Galoup is stripped of his rank and sent home. Beau Travail was loosely based on Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, though disco dancing did not figure quite as prominently in Melville's novella. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 4, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Agnès Godard Best Cinematography 2000 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Agnès Godard Best Cinematography 2000 Winner

Cast

Denis Lavant
as Galoup
Michel Subor
as commander
Grégoire Colin
as Sentain
Richard Courcet
as Legionnaire

Crew

Claire Denis
Director
Jerome Minet
Producer
Jean-Pol Fargeau
Screenwriter
Claire Denis
Screenwriter
Agnès Godard
Cinematographer
Eran Tzur
Composer (Music Score)
Nelly Quettier
Editor
Arnaud de Moleron
Production Designer
Judy Shrewsbury
Costume Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Allegre
First Assistant Director
Bernardo Montet
Choreography
Herman Melville
Short Story Author
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