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One Deadly Summer (1983)
"L'été meurtrier" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  11 May 1983 (France)
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In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She ... See full summary »

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Eliane Wieck dite 'Elle'
Alain Souchon ...
Fiorimonto 'Florimond' Montecciari - dit 'Pin-Pon'
Suzanne Flon ...
Nine dite 'Cognata'
Jenny Clève ...
Madame Montecciari - la mère de Pin Pon
Maria Machado ...
Evelyne Didi ...
Calamité
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Leballech - le patron de la scierie
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Mickey
Manuel Gélin ...
Boubou
Roger Carel ...
Henri dit 'Henri IV'
Michel Galabru ...
Gabriel Devigne - le père d'Eliane
Marie-Pierre Casey ...
Mademoiselle Tussaud - la garde-malade
Cécile Vassort ...
Josette
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La doctoresse
Virginie Vignon
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In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She singles out Pin-Pon and soon is crying on his shoulder (she's myopic and hates her reputation as a dunce and as easy); she moves in with him, knits baby clothes, and plans their wedding. Is this love or some kind of plot? She asks Pin-Pon's mother and aunt about the piano in the barn: who delivered it on a November night in 1955? Why does she want to know, and what does it have to do with her mother's sorrows, her father's injury, this quick marriage, and the last name on her birth certificate? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Shatteringly powerful drama with an incredible Adjani performance
9 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

One Deadly Summer is an astonishing French drama whose best quality is quite simple- you don't know what will happen next. As soon as the plot appears to be sorting itself out, something else happens which changes what we are expecting .Also, the film itself changes several times.Initially it seems to be a love story with some strange elements.Then the film appears to be becoming one of those rape/revenge thrillers, such as Angel Of Vengeance, I Spit On Your Grave, than suddenly things change and it becomes more of a very dark family drama, culminating in an emotionally exhausting dialogue scene between the female protagonist and her father. Despite all this the film does not seem disjointed or muddled.

At the film's core is an amazing performance by the brilliant Isabel Adjani, who like Monica Belucci manages something beyond the grasp of most American actresses, that of being incredibly sexy and being a superb actress. Her performance is truly heartfelt, sometimes extremely subtle, and sometimes truly barnstorming, but appropriately so. Director Jean Becker is not afraid to be innovative ,such as having different characters narrate bits of the film, and does a superb job of sequences like a flashback rape scene, which leaves the majority of that happens to the imagination yet still somehow gives some idea of the horror.

There is the odd unexplained aspect ,and the film does seem to be building to action which does not really occur, although the cynical, downbeat ending is really entirely appropriate. Despite all this, there is quite a bit of humour in the film which does not detract at all from it's power. A Hollywood remake would cut out most of the first hour- yes, the pace is slow but the gradual building of tension and detail is nothing short of masterful- and add a happier or at least more 'resolved' ending.In that case,maybe it's a good thing this shattering film is not better known.


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