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Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 November 1981 (France)
1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his... See full summary »

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Huguette Cordier
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Nono - l'amant demeuré d'Huguette
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Anne - la nouvelle institutrice
Michel Beaune ...
Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
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Victor Garrivier ...
Mercaillou
Gérard Hernandez ...
Abdoulaye Diop ...
Fête Nat - le serviteur noir de Lucien
Daniel Langlet ...
Paulo - un flic larvaire
François Perrot ...
Raymond Hermantier ...
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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a machiavellian exterminating angel. Written by Yepok

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France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1982's Oscar. See more »

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Towards the end, Rose is walking on the pier and after they say in a loudspeaker 'Attention! Curfew tonight at 9 o'clock...', she turns around and the shadow of the cameraman can be clearly seen on the ground on her right. See more »

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Lucien Cordier: I can't read the aviator's book. It's too well-written.
Anne: You like sounding illiterate? You're not. So why?
Lucien Cordier: Habit. Grammar gets rusty like everything else if you don't use it. And in Africa the same goes for good and evil. What's good? What's evil? Nobody knows. It's not much use here. So it gets rusty too. Must be the climate.
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In the opening credits, we are correctly informed that the film is based on the novel "Pop. 1280"; but during the end titles, we are informed that it is based on "Pop. 1275". This is consistent with the official title retained for the translation into French, which is "1275 Ames" (literally: "1275 Souls"), and which reflects the fact that 5 people have died during the course of action. See more »

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References L'affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937) See more »

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Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done film noir
19 May 2002 | by (Stony Brook, NY) – See all my reviews

Jim Thompson meets Joseph Conrad in a small, dusty town in Senegal. The writing is excellent throughout, delving into themes that most films would never have the guts to handle. Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done. A great, great film noir. Not a movie for those easily offended (though one they should probably see and learn from.)


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