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Beau travail

Masterpiece by Claire Denis about the officer Galoup, who looks back on the eventful time he experienced in the Foreign Legion.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Beau travail

French director Claire Denis has been at the top of European cinema for decades. Everything that makes her films special was fully expressed for the first time in 1999's Beau travail, a drama she loosely based on Herman Melville's novel Billy Budd. The images full of shimmering sensuality, the editing, the camerawork, the score, everything is right in this film. There are film critics who consider the final scene in particular to be the best ending of a film ever. After the critically acclaimed Beau travail, she made many more extraordinary films, including 35 Rhums, White Material and Un beau soleil intérieur.

In his hometown of Marseille, former Foreign Legion officer Galoup looks back on his service in Djibouti, how he thrived on the strict hierarchy and disciplined life. But also on the day a new recruit shows up, the handsome, mysterious Giles Sentain, someone he immediately dislikes. Starring Denis Lavant and Grégoire Colin.