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One Deadly Summer
     

One Deadly Summer

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Director: Jean Becker

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Alain Souchon, Suzanne Flon

 

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In this tragic tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and increasing madness, "she," a beautiful young woman (Isabelle Adjani) settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother (Maria Machado) and physically handicapped father and soon becomes the subject of wild speculation because of her aloofness and at the same time, her obvious sexuality.

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In this tragic tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and increasing madness, "she," a beautiful young woman (Isabelle Adjani) settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother (Maria Machado) and physically handicapped father and soon becomes the subject of wild speculation because of her aloofness and at the same time, her obvious sexuality. The young woman is actually caught up in the desire to avenge the long-ago rape of her mother, a rape committed by three Italian immigrants, one of whom is associated with a player piano. An attractive car mechanic (Alain Souchon) is enamored of her, and the woman suddenly sees him in a different light when she learns that his father, now dead, was an Italian immigrant who owned a player piano. Intent on taking action against the mechanic's family to right the wrong suffered by her mother, the daughter begins to lose her grip on sanity when she finds out that the men she suspects of the rape are actually innocent. In fact, her father long ago exacted his own vengeance on the three rapists. This knowledge pushes her over the edge, and she has to be institutionalized. Meanwhile, the young mechanic misunderstands what has happened and sets in motion events that cannot but lead to tragedy. L'Été Meurtier garnered four different Cesars in the 1983 competition: "Best Actress" (Isabelle Adjani), "Best Supporting Actress" (Suzanne Flon), "Best Original Screenplay," and "Best Editing."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Widely celebrated in its native France, One Deadly Summer has not received the notice it is due in many other parts of the world. A tale of obsessive vengeance in which things are not always quite what they seem to be, and in which illusion often butts heads quite forcibly with reality, Summer is an absorbing, occasionally disturbing film that rewards audiences who give it their full attention. While Summer is at times a bit too manipulative, it's so engrossing that most viewers won't mind the manipulation. Jean Becker's direction is a winning combination of the typical "Hollywood" mystery style with the more restrained, vaguely unfocused French arthouse style. This causes a few stops-and-starts, but these "uncertainties" somehow seem appropriate for a film that explores a certain truth that may not be quite so true after all. Summer also boasts another stunning performance from Isabelle Adjani, one of her patented "mad" turns. She's tread some of this road before (and would again later), but she manages to find new, fascinating variations on madness, and captures the sexiness, determination, vulnerability and obsessiveness of the character perfectly. (She's also, for the record, frequently to be found in states of rather extreme undress.) Suzanne Flon is also in top form, but the surprising performance comes from singer Alain Souchon, who is just about perfect as the man with whom Adjani becomes involved.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0681116102026
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bayview Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
48,075

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Adjani Elaine/Elle
Alain Souchon Pin Pon
Suzanne Flon Cognata
Jenny Cleve Pin Pon's Mother
François Cluzet Mickey
Michel Galabru Gabriel
Manuel Gelin Boubou
Maria Machado Elle's Mother
Yves Alfonso Rostallan
Roger Carel Henry IV (nickname)
Evelyne Didi Calamite
Jacques Dynam Ferraldo
Jean Gaven Leballech
Daniel Langlet Maitre
Patrice Melennec Actor
Jacques Nolot Fiero
Edith Scob Lady Doctor
Virginie Vignon Actor
Maïwenn Le Besco Elle as a Child
Raymond Meunier Brochard
Cecile Vassort Josette
Martin Lamotte Georges
Max Morel Touret

Technical Credits
Jean Becker Director,Screenwriter
Etienne Becker Cinematographer
Christine Beyout Producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jean-Claude Gallouin Art Director
Sébastien Japrisot Screenwriter
Therese Ripaud Costumes/Costume Designer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Witta Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One Deadly Summer
1. Opening Credits [7:37]
2. She [9:56]
3. Eliane and Pin-Pon [7:41]
4. Dinner [8:53]
5. Family Dynamics [18:16]
6. Flashback [16:12]
7. The Wedding [19:19]
8. Beginnings of the Truth [12:06]
9. Eliane and Her Father [17:21]
10. End Credits [13:43]

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One Deadly Summer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tankutheoptimist More than 1 year ago
French cinema yet once again proved its brilliance through this tiny masterpiece. The film if described in one word 'Unpredictable', yes it is so, you never know what will be the next thing or what will be the next intention of a character will be. 'L'ete Meurtrier' is a film about characters you may or may not be familiar with in real life but you certainly will believe them. Isabelle Adjani is very precise and shines with excellence in her role. Alain Sounchon delivers a remarkable performance, and the chemistry between these two are beyond words. The film oozes with mystery every moment, though having situations very believable and genuine. A film to look out for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie 3 times,Why it is not on DVD?I'll be the first one to buy it....