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Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)

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 1, 1998

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Shifting the locale of Jim Thompson's novel to Colonial Africa, Tavernier has made a compelling, well acted film.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Clean Slate is a compelling offbeat morality play.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's often hilarious. It's just that that humor is so mordant that it's sometimes hard to accept.

July 16, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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a study in amorality disguised as a sometimes shocking black comedy

March 22, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)

This was not my favorite Jim Thompson book, but Tavernier's vision is brilliant. Truly a film of nihilism, even more awry by the jazzy score and jumpy camera revealing Noiret's diminishing psychological state. The French African colony setting was a perfect for this translation.
August 27, 2009
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