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Lovers in Arms
Two visions of love and longing among military men unfold amid lush, senses-stunning landscapes in these ravishing cinematic hallucinations. An island overrun by hydrangeas whose rich purple color seems to drip from each frame is the dreamily apocalyptic setting for a romance between two soldiers in Jorge Jácome’s lavender-drenched alternate-reality “documentary” FLORES. A similarly intoxicating study of desire and masculinity plays out in Claire Denis’s BEAU TRAVAIL, a mesmerizing take on Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd, Sailor” in which the sunbaked landscapes of coastal Djibouti heighten the simmering erotic tension.