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Geneva Art Film Club - Beau Travail by Claire Denis
 
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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 @ 19:00
MLC Librairie, Rue de Carouge 98, 1205, Geneva
 
Beau Travail - Claire Denis (France, 2000) 1h32m

Beau Travails a brilliant account of the legionnaire's existence - a gorgeous, compulsively poetic and semi-stylised film, transcribing with unexpected sympathy the asceticism and severity of the soldier's life.

Claire Denis's film is a mesmeric, masculine ballet whose beauty and confident power, manifested in lugubrious scenes which suspend the normal rules of narrative procedure, simply go beyond conventional ideas of transgression or homoeroticism.

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.

Try and make it to the MLC Librairie Café for 6.45 to get a drink and have a chat, then we'll have a brief introduction to the director and film, and start the film promptly shortly after 7.00, with time afterwards to discuss. Please do try to be on time out of respect for others watching the film.

As usual, the film will be shown in the original version with English subtitles. Although there is no cost to this screening, I will ask you to buy a 1 Franc raffle ticket in order to have the chance of taking the DVD home with you. It is also helpful to Francis, whose premises we are using, if you buy a drink.
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