Coup de Torchon

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Coup de Torchon ★★★ Clean Slate 1981

Set in 1938 French West Africa, Noiret plays corrupt police chief Lucien Cordier who is consistently harrassed by his community, particularly by the town pimp. He usually overlooks the pimp's crimes, but when Cordier catches him and a friend shooting at plague victims' bodies floating down the river he decides to murder them in cold blood. Based on the novel “POP 1280” by Jim Thompson. In French with English subtitles. 128m/C VHS, DVD . FR Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand, Stephane Audran, Eddy Mitchell, JeanPierre Marielle, Irene Skobline; D: Bertrand Tavernier; W: Bertrand Tavernier; C: Pierre William Glenn; M: Philippe Sarde.