Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) (1981)
as Lucien Cordier
as Le Peron, Le Peron's brother
as Hughuette Cordier
as Col. Tramichel
Critic Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)
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
Audience Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)
A intriguing morality tale with sprinkles of dark humor, sex and violence leaving a film that stays with you. Great direction, script and acting.
A wonderfully shot mix of drama, noir and gallows humor. Arguably Philippe Noiret's best performance.
Coup de Torchon (Clean Slate) shifts the action of Jim Thompson's rural noir novel Pop 1280 from Texas around the time of World War One to Senegal on the eve of World War Two. Despite the geographic change the film is largely true to the novel's plot and style. Philippe Noiret is brilliant as the sole police officer of a small French colonial town on the edge of the desert. The supporting cast is also excellent. Direction, cinematography, sets, musical score and use of local color are all superbly handled. Like much of Thompson's oeuvre the story blend particularly violent noir style with brilliant dark humor and a nihilistic amorality. A great piece of entertainment for the viewer who is not easily offended.
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