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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The same feeling as watching Altman's The Long Goodbye. The same feeling as watching Melville's Le Doulos. The same feeling as watching Becker's Touchez pas au Grisbi. You are watching something as fucking cool as it gets! Damn, this was great, loved it!
Inspired altered-setting adaptation of Jim Thompson's pulp fiction classic, even if it does slightly soften the tone of Thompson's novel to play up the humor and philosophical reflection. Superb performances, particularly Philippe Noiret's great understated work in the lead, and a young scene-stealing Isabelle Huppert. An excellent, razor-sharp dark comedy. Amazing score by Philippe Sarde.
In my opinion, COUP DE TORCHON is Bertrand Tavernier's masterpiece. Without the dogmatism of some of his films, without the too evident exposure of left-wing ideas found in his first movies, COUP DE TORCHON manages to carry Tavernier's personal ideas thanks to a bulletproof screenplay co-written with Jean Aurenche (Forbidden Games). If you like black humor, this is definitely a film for you. Indispensable.
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.
This is one cruel fucking movie but it is so beautifully made that it sucks you in from start to finish as you witness one man's breaking point after being shit on for most of his life. Exquisite filmmaking and Isabelle Huppert is an amazing femme fatale here.
I feel betrayed no one ever told me "you have to see this marvelous film!" Transplanting someone like Jim Thompson to a different culture is a stroke of brilliance especially watching it in the world we live in NOW.
Head character how he deals his problems how he defines himself to other people how he defines his area what's going on in there he is very confusing and he makes this movie unforgettable perfect anti-hero cinema
En principio, una película interpretada por Noiret, Huppert y Marielle y firmada por Tavernier tiene la marca de la excelencia. Aquí los logros no alcanzan lo que cabía de esperar pero tampoco decepcionan. La omnipresente violencia es casi más interiorizada que visible, estando atenuada por un virulento pero siempre refinado humor. También contribuye la extraña atmósfera naturalista en ese tórrido enclave colonial.