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)
This movie never quite breathes. It's an exercise. You can admire an exercise, but it's hard to really care about one.
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.
Audience Reviews for Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)
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
A intriguing morality tale with sprinkles of dark humor, sex and violence leaving a film that stays with you. Great direction, script and acting.
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.
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