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Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 November 1981 (France)
A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

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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 1983's Oscar. See more »

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When Marcel is playing billiards, he continues his turn even though he has not scored. See more »

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Le Peron: You've got nothing to do around here.
Lucien Cordier: Doing nothing is my job. I'm paid for it.
Le Peron: So go do nothing somewhere else.
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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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A film noir in pastel
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Bertrand Tavernier has taken the novel "TOP 1280" by Jim Thompson set in North Carolina and produced a riveting French film noir set in Senegal in 1938. At that time it was a French colony that exhibited similar social and racial patterns as in the American South. The use of color and humor add a new dimension to the genre. Tavernier in his comments about the film on the DVD talks about the change in the light in the late afternoon in west Africa. It becomes less intense so he uses pastel colors. Note the light blue walls and the pink shirt of Philippe Noiret who is superb as the village policeman Cordier. Isabelle Huppert who plays the mistress of Cordier with intensity and humor and the other actors make this a must see film. There is much humor in the film but be aware that there are many violent scenes. This is French film noir at it's best.


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