Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)
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Based on pulp master Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de Torchon is a sardonic thriller that remains true to its source's spirit, even as it transposes the action from the American South to colonial West Africa. Lucien (Philippe Noiret) is the bumbling police chief of Bourkasa, a dusty outpost in rural Senegal. Badgered by local thugs, Lucien initially comes across as a pathetic oaf unable to stand up for himself. Things at home are scarcely better, as Lucien finds himself harried by his nagging wife, Huguette (Stéphane Audran), who is carrying on an affair with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shifting the locale of Jim Thompson's novel to Colonial Africa, Tavernier has made a compelling, well acted film."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a study in amorality disguised as a sometimes shocking black comedy"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Clean Slate is a compelling offbeat morality play."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's often hilarious. It's just that that humor is so mordant that it's sometimes hard to accept."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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