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428 Ratings

Coup de torchon

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France, 1981
Comedy, Drama, Crime


An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier’s Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief-turned-heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa.

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Coup de torchon Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

César Awards

1982 | 10 nominations including: Best Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1986 | Winner: Best Foreign Actor

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