Surrounded by corruption, a seemingly incompetant police cheif
(Philippe Noiret, Cinema Paradiso, The Judge and the Assassin)
decides to wipe the slate clean with a killing spree of his own. This
Oscar-nominated black comedy ranks with the best film adaptaions of
Jim Thompson's pulp fiction (The Grifters, The Getaway). By
changing the locale of Thompson's Pop. 1280 from the American
South to Africa circa 1938, acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier
(Round Midnight, A Sunday in the Country) doubles the
decadence. The blazing Senegal sun sheds a blistering light on the
French colonials' small-minded cruelties and sordid sexuality.
Between visits to his sultry mistress (Isabelle Huppert, Entre
Nous), the inscrutable cop wages a chilling personal war, matching
evil with evil.
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