As a horrible film-maker and writer I can appreciate the creative process. That is what The Company shows. No frills. Just a year in the life of a ballet company getting ready to put on a big production. Yes, there are characters and stories, but they are all part of the bigger picture. A picture of how a group of artists live and work together in order to make something special.
A group of young soldiers train in the desert of Africa. They are French Legionnaires, and in director Claire Denis’s hands, their training becomes a poem. The men go through their days exercising, doing chores and going into the African city at night. It feels so real that it is hard to imagine that the director was never a French Legionnaire herself.