A poetic, allegorical story about revenge and jealousy set in an outpost of the French Foreign Legion in Africa.
Adjutant Galoup (Denis Lavant) serves with the Foreign Legion in Africa. When a new recruit arrives, he sees an opportunity to vent his frustrations and project his bizarre fantasies and fears onto the newcomer. This Sentain (Grégoire Colin) almost dies from this terror.
Beau Travail is a beautiful poetic film in which there is hardly any speech. The film contains many references to the literary work of American writer Herman Melville. Beau Travail's imagery is of unprecedented beauty: the desolate emptiness of the desert and the choreography of exercises by young men in the prime of their lives. A poem on celluloid.