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Coup de torchon

Coup de torchon

A Feature film by Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by Les Films de la Tour

Release in France : 04/11/1981


    In a French colonial town in West Africa of 1938, Lucien Cordier is the police chief, a likeable slob who turns a blind eye to all the corruption that surrounds him.  Everyone regards him as a harmless buffoon, but he seems not to care.  He doesn’t even mind that his wife is having an affair with another man, who lives under his very roof.  He has his own mistress and, so long as the criminals leave him alone, he is content.  Then, one day, a military man named Chavasson shows him the error of his ways by publicly humiliating him.  Cordier suddenly sees things in a whole new light and decides that he must take his job a little more seriously.  That night, he meets up with the two men who run the town’s brothel and shoots them dead in cold blood.  A short time later, he murders his mistress’s bullying husband.  As the corpses pile up around him, Cordier finally acquires a sense of job satisfaction...

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de la Tour

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Little Bear, Films A2

    French distribution :


    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producers :

    Henri Lassa, Adolphe Viezzi, Bertrand Tavernier

    Adaptation :

    Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Desrois

    Production Manager :

    Louis Wipf

    Sound editor :

    Catherine d'Hoir

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Assistant Director :

    Jean Achache

    Author of original work :

    Jim Thompson

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre-William Glenn

    Assistant Operator :

    Michael Coulter

    Editor :

    Armand Psenny

    Production Designer :

    Alexandre Trauner

    Costume designer :

    Jacqueline Moreau

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Black comedy

    Themes :

    History, Murder

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :


    French release :


    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

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    Posters (1)


    News (2)

    Festival Selections (9)

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2009

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2009)


    Isabelle Huppert Retrospective

    Academy Awards - 1983

    Academy Awards (United States, 1983)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1982

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1982)

    Selection (9)

    Best Actor : Philippe Noiret

    Best Director : Bertrand Tavernier

    Best Actress : Isabelle Huppert

    Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner

    Best Editing : Armand Psenny

    Best Supporting Actor : Eddy Mitchell

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Marielle

    Best Film

    Best Supporting Actress : Stéphane Audran

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1982

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1982)


    Out of Competition


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1981

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1981)


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price