Coup de Torchon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Guy Marchand, Eddy Mitchell

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COUP DE TORCHON was directed in 1981 by french author/director Bertrand Tavernier. The screenplay is an adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel.
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The action takes place in 1938 in the french West Africa. Philippe Noiret is a weak and corrupted policeman despised by the local bad boys. His wife is openly cheating on him and he hasn't got any self-respect anymore. But when comes the occasion, his revenge will be terrible.

Bertrand Tavernier is not following the usual codes of the Film Noir genre and the result is terrific. Highly recommended.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   police corruption Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Africans in Africa Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Misc setting    -   moving train    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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