Claire Denis' Beau Travail (1999) has been hailed as one of the best films of the 1990s and was discussed in Mark Cousin's The Story of Film. It is a loose adaptation of Herman Melville's great novella Bully Budd. The film is narrated by Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant), the movie's equivalent of Claggart, the malevolent officer who destroys an innocent sailor in Melville's allegorical novella. However, this film is set in a French Foreign Legion outpost in the East African enclave of Djibouti, and instead of a soldier we have a legionnaire, Gilles Sentain (Grégoire Colin). This is no convectional film, Denis edits striking images and sequences together with a score that adds to the drama and poetry of the film-especially the operatic pieces. There is a striking coda at the end of the film that shows Galoup having a moment of joy and release dancing solo to a pop song in a disco, which in Cousin's series Denis says that she derived inspiration form Yasujiro Ozu's coda in Late Spring, where Shukichi (Chisshu Ryu) slowly peels an apple with a knife in his now empty home after his daughter has been married. I do not quite see the connection, but admit that it is an effective coda and leaves the viewer musing about what has happened to the principals in the film.