Coup de torchon (1981)

Original Title : Coup de torchon
Director : Bertrand Tavernier
Writer : Jean Aurenche
Peter Fernandez
Bertrand Tavernier
Jim Thompson
Genre : Crime
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Henri Lassa , Adolphe Viezzi
Music : Philippe Sarde
Photography : Pierre-William Glenn
Distributor : Biograph International
IMDB ID : 0082206
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Coup de torchon (1981) - Bertrand Tavernier


¬Philippe Noiret Lucien Cordier
¬Isabelle Huppert Rose
¬Jean-Pierre Marielle Le Peron and his brother
¬St√©phane Audran Huguette Cordier
¬Eddy Mitchell Nono
¬Guy Marchand Marcel Chavasson
¬Ir√®ne Skobline Anne, the teacher
¬Michel Beaune Vanderbrouck
¬Jean Champion Priest
¬Victor Garrivier Mercaillou
¬G√©rard Hernandez Leonelli
¬Abdoulaye Diop Fete Nat
¬Daniel Langlet Paulo
¬Fran√ois Perrot Colonel Tramichel
¬Raymond Hermantier Blind man
¬Mamadou Dioum√© Mamadou
¬Samba Man√© Vendredi
¬Ir√©n√©e Martin La Femme Au Cimeti√®re (uncredited


1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually dumb, 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.


A mirror of human nature., 26 September 2001 Author: Kaa Haa ( from Antwerp, Belgium This very intelligent-made film is not what it seems. Many viewers can't seem to overcome the so called change after 20 minutes or so. It is clear that Lucien Cordier (Philippe Noiret) is very well aware of who and what he is -from the beginning of the film. The mere fact that he acts in function of his later deeds, makes this film not a "real time" story, but something of a far more mythological nature. He is destiny, in a biblical sense of the word. The crimes he commits are what his victimes deserve. As in many European films, they tell you not just the story, but an Idea behind it. In my opinion, he is some sort of a Jesus, but with all to human deficits. He uses human means to act as a God, in order to make us aware of our own deeds. Everyone he kills think they can get away with their "sins". His deeds are revolting, -but that is the whole point: he is us, used by the director who holds nothing but a mirror in front of human nature. The lack of his morality, is a nothing else than a clue for Taverniers view on humanity. Typically a great film, that should be viewed more than once!
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