Beau Travail

Friday, March 31 - Thursday, April 27, 2023

DCP Projection

With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.

Screening in “Three by Denis”

Previously screened as part of our Winter 2022-2023 series: Poll Stars: Sight and Sound Picks

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Year 1999
  • Running Time 93 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director Claire Denis
  • Cast Denis Lavant
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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