Trailer of the Day: Beau Travail

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Inspired by Herman Melville’s BILLY BUDD, BEAU TRAVAIL focuses on the lives of men in a small French Foreign Legion outpost, emphasizing the banality and ritual of their days in the scorching sun. Sergeant Galoup seems the ideal Legionnaire: a brooding loner cut off from his past. He runs the troupe like a well-oiled machine until the arrival of a new recruit threatens to upset the delicate balance. “What is really remarkable about Denis’s film is the way she succeeds in fusing the real and the dreamlike, the naturalistic and the figurative, into one visual conceit. Never for one moment does this shimmering, simmering emotional desert storm of a film relax its grip on your senses.”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (93 mins.)

BEAU TRAVAIL screens on Thursday, May  9 at 7p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 5p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Claire Denis retrospective, THE LYRICAL SPACE OF CLAIRE DENIS.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase hereSeries passes are available here for $45 (an $109 value!).

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