Beau Travail

Beau travail is a 1999 French movie directed by Claire Denis that is loosely based on Herman Melville’s novella Billy Budd. However, instead of the maritime setting of the novella, the movie takes place in Djibouti where the protagonists are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion. The film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.