Clean Slate (Coup de Torchon)

Clean Slate (Coup de Torchon)
  • 1981
  • France
  • 2h 8min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Written by: Novel:, Jim Thompson, Screenplay:, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche
  • Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Stéphane Audran, Eddy Mitchell
  • Language: French

Based on the Jim Thompson novel, 'Pop 1280', this tale of lacklustre lawman Cordier (Noiret) is transposed to French West Africa in 1938. Cordier decides to extend his clean-up operations beyond the call of duty - murdering his wife and framing his mistress. A fine and expressive example of film noir, in which Noiret's irrational and perplexing characterisation finds its match in schoolteacher Huppert.

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