Beau Travail directed by Claire Denis
Do you ever wonder about the roots of oppression? Claire Denis has and dramatizes it in Beau Travail, her adaptation of Herman Melville's Billy Budd. But it isn't the angelic sailor Billy Budd who gets her attention; Denis concentrates on the Claggert figure Sergeant Galoup?a model of neocolonialist dislocation and terror. Denis Lavant (acrobatic star of Leos Carax's first three films) gives Galoup the embittered appearance of a man whose natural exuberance has imploded.