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.
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France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1983's Oscar. See more
When Marcel is playing billiards, he continues his turn even though he has not scored. See more
[Vendredi realizes that Lucien Cordier intends to kill him
What's wrong? You know I have to.
But Captain, I trusted you. You're different from other white men.
There's your mistake.
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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