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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
 

Starring

Philippe Noiret Lucien Cordier
Isabelle Huppert Rose
Jean-Pierre Marielle Le Peron and his brother
Stéphane Audran Huguette Cordier
Eddy Mitchell Nono
Guy Marchand Marcel Chavasson
Irène Skobline Anne, the teacher
Michel Beaune Vanderbrouck
Jean Champion Priest
Victor Garrivier Mercaillou
Gérard Hernandez Leonelli
Abdoulaye Diop Fete Nat
Daniel Langlet Paulo
François Perrot Colonel Tramichel
Raymond Hermantier Blind man
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou
Samba Mané Vendredi
Irénée Martin La Femme Au Cimetière (uncredited
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

A mirror of human nature., 26 September 2001 Author: Kaa Haa (oglydoglin@pandora.be) 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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