My New Partner
(Orig. Les Ripoux
), also known as Le Cop
, is a 1984 French movie
directed by Claude Zidi
. It won the César Award for Best Film
in 1985, and features a notable performance by Philippe Noiret
Two sequels were later made: Ripoux contre Ripoux and Ripou 3.
The French title "Ripoux" refers to a type of slang (verlan
) in which key words are pronounced backwards to allow secure communication in front of others. The name of the slang "verlan" is the backward pronunciation of "envers" meaning reverse in French, so "Ripoux" corresponds to "Pourris" which means "rotten". In this comedy, Noiret plays a streetwise Paris gendarme who takes kickbacks from the minor criminals on his patch, to allow them to continue. At the start of the film his partner is busted for corruption and he narrowly escapes. He is assigned an idealistic new partner fresh from police academy. He sets out to corrupt his new partner and, after a slow start, succeeds spectacularly.