Guy Cassiers and LAZARUS bring the story of a not-all-that-bright policeman who turns into a serial killer who terrorizes his surroundings. A subversive criticism of the myth of a smoothly-running society.
With this adaptation of Coup de Torchon, a film by Bertrand Tavernier from 1981, Guy Cassiers continues his theatrical quest into the darkest depths of the human soul, a descent he also made in earlier productions such as Atropa, De wraak van de vrede; Duister hart; Musil 3: De misdaad; MCBTH; Bloed & rozen. Het lied van Jeanne en Gilles; and De welwillenden. The universe Tavernier describes in his film has turned its back on God; the concepts of good and evil no longer stand on solid ground of any kind.
Lucien Cordier is a policeman who commands very little respect. The laughing stock of the city, he turns a blind eye to the corruption all around him. Until something in him snaps, and with no scruples at all he starts knocking off everyone who rubs him the wrong way: the two pimps who threaten him, the wife he has been saddled with…. Little by little, this ‘weakling’ turns out to be a killing machine, precisely because he unerringly knows how to psychologically manipulate those around him.
What makes this story universal is Tavernier’s shrewd insight into the human psyche and into the power mechanisms that exist within a community: the main characters personify a view of the moral bankruptcy of a Western society that is sunk in corruption, the lack of justice and endless human suffering.
- Coup de torchon van Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche
- Guy Cassiers
- Erwin Jans
- Katelijne Damen
- Koen De Graeve
- Marianne Loots
- Günther Lesage
- Ryszard Turbiasz
- Joris Van den Brande
- Charlotte Vandermeersch
- Tim Van Steenbergen
- Karen De Wolf
- Fabiana Piccioli
with the support of
- Casa Kafka Pictures - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius
- Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid