Coup de Torchon

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Hapless Lucien Cordier (Philippe Noiret) is the beleaguered police chief of a small town in French colonial Senegal. The local criminals openly mock Lucien's inability to put a stop to their illegal enterprises, and his unfaithful and shrewish wife Huguette (Stéphane Audran) is having a blatant affair with Nono (Eddy Mitchell), whom Lucien believes is her brother. When the humiliations finally become too much for him to bear, Lucien takes matters into his own hands.

Cast & Crew

Philippe Noiret
Lucien Cordier
Isabelle Huppert
Rose Mercaillou
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Le Peron et son frère L'adjudant Georges Le Peron
Stéphane Audran
Huguette Cordier
Guy Marchand
Marcel Chavasson
Jean Aurenche
Screenwriter
Armand Psenny
Film Editor
Philippe Sarde
Original Music
Alexandre Trauner
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Critic Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)

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Audience Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)

  • Aug 27, 2009
    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.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2009
    Transposing Jim Thompson's novel to a wholly different culture was a master stroke by director Bertrand Tavernier, who explores the colonialist mindset and its delusional god complex and warped sense of justice through its main character's philosophy, sexuality, and dark humour. A clueless, coward and lazy but seemingly bening police captain in a French colonial town begins to experience evil with the help of town folks, soon he himself will be the main instigator of bloodshed, and he will be convinced that it is all for a righteous cause
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    A intriguing morality tale with sprinkles of dark humor, sex and violence leaving a film that stays with you. Great direction, script and acting.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2007
    this French rendition of an American pulp novel captures methodical violence and various other forms of amorality in a morbidly funny and unconventional way
    Derek W Super Reviewer

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