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Beau travail

Friday, Jul 2 at 3:00 pm

Dir. Claire Denis. 1999, 93 mins. DCP. With Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin. Denis transplants Herman Melville’s Billy Budd to the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti in the film that brought her cinema to new heights of visual poetry. She creates an insular, homoerotic world in which a drama plays out between a master sergeant (Lavant, of Holy Motors) and a handsome new recruit (Colin), whose immaculateness he finds both attractive and alarming. Nearly every shot is a stunner in this sensual experience, which many consider Denis’s very best film.

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