64/100 (Militarizmin gereksizliğini, Lgbt'nin normalliğini ve dinler arası ayrımcılığı süper olmasa da sanatsal bir dille anlatması güzel. Ancak geri kalan çok elle tutulur bir şey yok. SPOİLER. Son 15 dakikaya kadar gerçekçi gitse de başrol ve hoşlandığı asker arası kavga çok anlamsız. Başrolün verdiği ceza çok gerçek dışı. Ayrıca filmin yüzde 70'ini askerlerin idmanının kaplaması çok tekrarcı oluyor, bayıyor...)
One of the most impactful films I have ever seen. A potent, dreamy metaphor for male anxiety and flawless in execution. The best part is that Denis makes it hard to establish what is dream and what is real blending the character's past and present. The film gets you excited about film and the potential it has.
The language Claire Denis chooses to explain the concept is time-tested and fitting. From caged men frolicking in the waters of emotion to neoclassical symmetry, the visceral ritualism of intimate military isolation is evoked well. The actual plot is a pretty simple build of clashing attraction and resentment within one Legionnaire, who ultimately violently projects it onto the object of his desire.
A simple story following a strict French Legion officer and his platoon in Djibouti, until a new recruit ignites feelings of jealousy and yearning. One of those films that purely works because of the director’s cinematic style, Claire Denis creates an incredible feeling of thirst and aching, and films the most hypnotizing dance club sequences. Every moment is intoxicating poetry on masculinity.
So original. How did she create so much tension in these images? The tension of the bodies, of underlying jealousy as scorching as the african sun, of the tumbling of power, of utter boredom and the sheer inner hysteria of one man. And the final scene, that final scene, may be one of the best final scenes I have ever seen.
Essentially a collage, fragmented memories of a period passed, which is where its strength lie but unfortunately this does not hit hard enough. Denis effectively transmits the spirit of the daily life of the french foreign legion. Silence and heat beats, a hand shading your eyes looking at the men in the sun soaked desert. Good looking scenes. The kind of film that is a bore to sit through &is better in retrospect.