Beau travail (1999)
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A beautifully shot drama, with masterful sound design. Beau travail looks into the life of a platoon of legionnaires stationed in North Africa. The film may move at a slow pace and have little dialogue, but these criticisms are completely overshadowed by its compelling visuals and intriguing ending. A must watch.
A slow, beautiful dream. No need to cut a shot when you've set it up so perfectly that the action flows in and out of the one you've got.
Also, THE ENDING.
I think all of these comments about the ending are setting many viewers up for disappointment. The ending is not the best part of the movie, nor is it very striking. If you enjoy the first 80 minutes, the ending won't change that. But do yourself a favor and don't hold your breath for some kind of powerful cinematic experience before the credits roll. This movie foremost captures your attention with visuals.
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This movie ranks #6 in Times' 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #20 in BFI Flare's Best LGBT Films of All Time
This movie ranks #31 in TimeOut's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #54 in The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #73 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #78 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #81 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #152 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #319 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #474 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #934 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #958 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films