Clean Slate (1981)

Film, Comedy
Coup de torchon

Time Out says

The 100 best French films

This film ranked #75 in Time Out's list of the 100 greatest French films. Click here to see the full list. 

Director: Bertrand Tavernier


Purists may object to Tavernier's treatment of Jim Thompson's excellent if sordid and sadistic thriller, Pop.1280, but this eccentric, darkly comic look at a series of bizarre murders is stylishly well-crafted, and thoroughly entertaining. Transferring the action from the American Deep South to French West Africa in the late '30s, Tavernier elicits a characteristically colourful performance from Noiret as the manic but outwardly easy going slob of a cop who initiates a private vendetta against the town's more obnoxious citizens by resorting to murder. Strange insights into the effects of racism and the complicity of its victims, embellished with black wit and an elegant visual sense.

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Duration:
130 mins

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