Director: Claire Denis Starring: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin Running time: 94 mins
Subject: Mood of impending doom offset by natural beauty as French legionnaires train in the dreamy Gulf of Djibouti. Close-ups of toned male flesh makes this a love letter to military athleticism while motivation for the strange vendetta which informs the lead character’s downfall remains submerged. Plot driven, this is not.
Like: Full Metal Jacket on sea.
Core truth: Men can drown without ever leaving the shore