Beau travail (1999)
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This is like a 90 minute Madonna video.
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.
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 #4 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #6 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #20 in BFI Flare's The Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time
This movie ranks #31 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #40 in Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films
This movie ranks #54 in A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #73 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #78 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #81 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #115 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #319 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #474 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #923 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #958 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #1258 in The Criterion Collection