Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
5:00pm

SALT, SWEAT AND SUNSHINE: THE CINEMA OF CLAIRE DENIS
Director Claire Denis In Person!
BEAU TRAVAIL
Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office, French Consulate
Discussion following with director Claire Denis.
35 mm!

BEAU TRAVAIL
1999, Janus Films, 90 min, France, Dir: Claire Denis

Considered by many to be Claire Denis’ masterpiece, BEAU TRAVAIL sets Herman Melville’s classic novella Billy Budd in a distinctly modern milieu, telling a universal tale of jealousy while mining the intricate details of the French Foreign Legion’s presence in the Gulf of Djibouti. Tuning in to the haptic qualities and emotional registers of the physical world in a way only Denis can, the film examines what is both on and beneath the surface of this dry, salty environment, juxtaposing it with the glistening, sweat-ridden skin of its all-male subjects. The journey begins backwards, as former Foreign Legion officer Galoup (Denis Lavant) longingly recalls his days as a leader of men. As we soon discover, his downfall involves a homoerotic jealousy so destructive that the lives it touches will never be the same. Featuring Grégoire Colin and Michel Subor.


In French with English subtitles. | Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers. | 35mm print courtesy of Institut Français, thanks to the cultural services of the French Embassy.
Aero Theatre • Sat, Apr 13, 2019 • 5:00pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Claire Denis In Person!
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Apr 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Apr 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
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