Beau Travail Synopsis
A former marshal (Denis Lavant) fondly recalls his time in the French Foreign Legion.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Elegant.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Riveting.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
(Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Unique and unforgettable.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
"Chocolat" was just a warmup for the stunning display of the male form against National Geographic settings in her new Beau Travail.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
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66

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
The characters are barely characters, the story barely a story, and the elliptical filmmaking style that so besots Denis' many fans could...
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
So minimalist in characterization and dialogue that the plot all but evaporates -- and so does any dramatic power.
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50

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.
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