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Beau Travail

Title: 
Beau Travail
Year: 
2000
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Denis, Claire
Language: 
French
Country: 
France
Actors: 
Gregoir Colin, Michel Subor, Denis Lavant
Film Reviews: 

The predominant mode of this material is reverie — poetic rumination that pointedly doesn’t discriminate between major and minor events, intertwining both into a kind of endless magical tapestry. A gorgeous early image superimposing emerald blue water in motion over a hand writing in a diary evokes the magic to come. At times the movie suggests Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line without the warfare; Denis works in a wonderfully spare and beautiful style that allows mountains, plains, deserts, and bodies of water to speak eloquently for themselves, and she lets a tone of plaintive lament in the offscreen narration run across these diverse settings and textures without ever becoming self-pitying. (Literally, “beau travail” means “beautiful work,” and idiomatically, it might be translated as “good work” or “fine craftsmanship”; all three meanings are apt.)[Jonathan Rosenbaum.com]

Date Arrival: 
20 March 2000