Directed by Claire Denis
Based loosely on
Herman Melville's Billy Budd, this is a visually stunning depiction
of male rivalry, insecurity and sheer masculine beauty. Denis Lavant, the
fascinating actor familiar from the films of Leos Carax, plays an officer in
the Foreign Legion who feels his status is threatened by the arrival of a
handsome and gifted young soldier (Gregoire Colin). He sets out to sabotage
the career of the newcomer. Claire Denis punctuates the story with scenes of
military training, brilliantly choreographed for the camera to emphasize the
physicality that is the center of the film. "...a stunning work of beauty,
mystery, contemplation, and grit" (Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle).
French with English subtitles. 90 minutes.