Beau Travail (1999) | Claire Denis

Next date: Friday, 30 August 2019 | 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

movie still from Beau Travail

The flms of Claire Denis are enigmatic and thought-provoking, and none more so than here: Beau travail, literally “beautiful work”, is her seminal masterpiece. Starring the cult actor Denis Lavant, and Grégoire Colin, the setting is an isolated military encampment of the French Foreign Legion at Djibouti, in Africa, where the recruits struggle against boredom and regulated, military routine by day, and excursions to a local bar of a nearby village by night. Claire Denis’ direction is a subtle narrative exploring themes of identity and solitude, attraction and repulsion, and questions our very notion of ‘foreignness’. Even the misguided - or rather, misplaced - theme of jealousy, of the corrosive inner voice abandoned to solitude, is examined here under Claire’s meticulous eye.

Her mastery in constructing this cinematographic experience offers us intimacy without sentimentality, where she observes without
passing judgement, and allows us these immense landscapes in which to reflect. Indeed, the desert is brought to hallucinating life through the cinematography of Agnès Godard, who contrasts the poetic with the murderous, the soft mirage with the harshest of alien environments. This film is superbly choreographed, its rythm is beautifully contained, and the overall, mesmerising journey is
unforgettable. This is a must to be enjoyed on the gallery’s big screen!  

 

When

  • Friday, 30 August 2019 | 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Location

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill 2880  View Map

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