Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) (1981)
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Based on pulp master Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de Torchon is a sardonic thriller that remains true to its source's spirit, even as it transposes the action from the American South to colonial West Africa. Lucien (Philippe Noiret) is the bumbling police chief of Bourkasa, a dusty outpost in rural Senegal. Badgered by local thugs, Lucien initially comes across as a pathetic oaf unable to stand up for himself. Things at home are scarcely better, as Lucien finds himself
Nov 4, 1981 Wide
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Shifting the locale of Jim Thompson's novel to Colonial Africa, Tavernier has made a compelling, well acted film.
It's often hilarious. It's just that that humor is so mordant that it's sometimes hard to accept.
a study in amorality disguised as a sometimes shocking black comedy
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