[Virtual Cinema Retro Review] ‘BEAU TRAVAIL’ at 20, still an illuminating visual poem

[Virtual Cinema Retro Review] ‘BEAU TRAVAIL’ at 20, still an illuminating visual poem

There probably isn’t a person alive who doesn’t have a particular part of their lives they recall as the glory days. The time when you felt most confident in your abilities when you felt like your purpose was being fulfilled in life; now strip it all away and the only thing left is bitterness and all-consuming ego. This is at the center of storied French director Claire Denis’ 1999 international breakthrough BEAU TRAVAIL (French for “good work”). Denis is breaking down masculinity to its most simple terms by giving an outsider’s perspective into what makes a man tick and if you’re paying attention it can be a how-to guide about letting go of the past, and reinventing yourself even if you don’t have the skill-set to take a peek internally to do the actual good work, and learn how to change.

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