Movie Box: Beau Travail + L’humanité

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What’s in this Film Box:

1) Beau travail by Claire Denis

2) L’humanité by Bruno Dumont

Retail Value: $79.90$

Beau travail by Claire Denis

With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.

– New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Agnès Godard and approved by director Claire Denis, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
– New conversation between Denis and filmmaker Barry Jenkins
– New selected-scene commentary with Godard
– New interviews with actors Denis Lavant and Grégoire Colin
– New video essay by film scholar Judith Mayne
– New English subtitle translation
– PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

L’humanité by Bruno Dumont

The transcendent second feature by Bruno Dumont probes the wonder and horror of the human condition through the story of a profoundly alienated police detective (the indelibly sad-eyed Emmanuel Schotté, winner of an upset best actor prize at Cannes for his first film performance) who, while investigating the murder of a young girl, experiences jolting, epiphanous moments of emotional and physical connection. Demonstrating Dumont’s deftness with nonactors and relentlessly frank depiction of bodies and sexuality, L’humanité is at once an idiosyncratic police procedural and a provocative exploration of the tension between humankind’s capacity for compassion and our base, sometimes barbarous animal instincts.

– New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Bruno Dumont, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
– New interview with Dumont
– Conversation between Dumont and critic Philippe Rouyer from 2014
– Segment from a 2000 episode of the French television program Tendances featuring actress Séverine Caneele
– Segment from a 1999 French television-news program featuring Dumont
– Trailer
– New English sub­title translation
– PLUS: An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott
– New cover by Vivienne Flesher

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Movie Box: Beau Travail + L’humanité
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