Bertrand Tavernier

Coup de torchon

Coup de torchon

An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier’s Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief turned heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa. Featuring pitch-perfect performances by Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, this striking neonoir straddles the line between violence and lyricism with dark humor and visual elegance.

Film Info

Special Features

  • Luminous new 16x9-enhanced digital transfer, approved by director Bertrand Tavernier
  • Exclusive video interview with Bertrand Tavernier
  • An alternate ending
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Fernando Music

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Special Features

  • Luminous new 16x9-enhanced digital transfer, approved by director Bertrand Tavernier
  • Exclusive video interview with Bertrand Tavernier
  • An alternate ending
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Fernando Music

Coup de torchon
Cast
Philippe Noiret
Lucien Cordier
Isabelle Huppert
Rose Marcaillou
Stéphane Audran
Huguette Cordier
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Le Peron
Eddy Mitchell
Nono
Guy Marchand
Marcel Chavasson
Irene Skobline
Anne
Credits
Director
Bertrand Tavernier
Executive producer
Adolphe Viezzi
Screenplay
Jean Aurenche
Screenplay
Bertrand Tavernier
Based on the novel by
Jim Thompson
Art direction
Alexandre Trauner
Cinematography
Pierre-William Glenn
Editing
Armand Psenny
Sound
Michel Desrois
Music
Philippe Sarde

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