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One Deadly Summer (1983) More at IMDbPro »L'été meurtrier (original title)

One Deadly Summer -- The stunning Isabella Adjani plays Elle, a provocative and extremely feisty nineteen year old who returns to her home Provencal village with her crippled father and German mother. The normally sleepy village is jolted by her arrival, especially the menfolk who are mesmerised by her looks, and Elle is not shy of all the attention. Gradually her true personality and purpose emerges. A master manipulater, she manages to turn friend against friend and brother against brother, until the film reaches it’s violent conclusion and Elle’s dark secret is discovered, a life shattering event nineteen years earlier. Isabelle Adjani gives one of her best ever performances in Jean Becker’s gripping thriller packed with mesmerising twists and turns. One deadly summer will be released by Argent Films Ltd. on 27th of May 2013.


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Sébastien Japrisot (based on the novel by)
Sébastien Japrisot (adaptation)
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Release Date:
11 May 1983 (France) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Isabelle Adjani ... 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 ... Paula Wieck Devigne dite 'Eva Braun' - la mère d'Eliane
Evelyne Didi ... Calamité

Jean Gaven ... Leballech - le patron de la scierie

François Cluzet ... 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

Edith Scob ... La doctoresse
Virginie Vignon
Martin Lamotte ... Georges Massigne
Yves Afonso ... Rostollan
Raymond Meunier ... Brochard
Jacques Dynam ... Ferraldo - le patron d'une entreprise de transports

Jacques Nolot ... Fiero
Patrice Melennec
Daniel Langlet ... Le maître d'hôtel
Pierre Gallon
Max Morel ... Touret - un type libidineux
Renaud Bossert
Cynthia Sidney
Marie Garcin
Arianne Goullioud
Laurence Claverie

Maïwenn ... Elle enfant (as Maiwen Lebesco)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Le Couey ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Becker 
Writing credits
Sébastien Japrisot (based on the novel by)

Sébastien Japrisot (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Christine Beyout .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Étienne Becker 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Production Design by
Jean-Claude Gallouin 
Costume Design by
Thérèse Ripaud 
Makeup Department
Laurence Azouvy .... makeup artist
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... hair stylist
Muriel Paupere .... makeup artist
Production Management
Louis Becker .... unit manager
Alain Darbon .... production manager
Bernard Morel .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Clavier .... assistant director
Daniel Daujon .... assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Jannic .... property master
Marcel Laude .... set dresser
Clément Hurel .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michel Bensaid .... boom operator
Michèle Catonné .... key sound editor
Geneviève de Gouvion Saint-Cyr .... assistant sound editor (as Genevieve de Gouvion St Cyr)
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Jean-Paul Loublier .... sound mixer
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Becker .... second assistant camera
Johannes Brunet .... grip (as Johanes Brinet)
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera
Jacques Dorot .... camera operator
Sylvie Lancrenon .... still photographer
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... key electrician (as Jean-Claude LeBras)
René Piget .... electrician
Paul Sutéra .... electrician
André Thiéry .... key grip (as Andre Thierry)
Jocelyn Thiéry .... grip (as Jocelyn Thierry)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Robin .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Pascale Chavance .... assistant assistant editor
Christine Roy .... assistant editor
Other crew
Anne-Marie Castaño-Padovan .... assistant: to Melle Isabelle Adjani (as Anne-Marie Padovan)
Jany Dubreuilh .... production secretary
Brigitte Hedou .... script supervisor
Nicole Lenfant .... production administrator
Daniele Lutin .... production secretary (as Danielle Lutin)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'été meurtrier" - France (original title)
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133 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent tale of revenge, 27 December 2011
Author: runamokprods from US

More an Intelligent drama, with some violent overtones more than the "thriller" it's packaged as. This has more in common with "Rashomon" than with the latest slick action movie out of Hollywood.

Isabelle Adjani plays a young woman unhinged by the knowledge of her mother's brutal rape by 3 men years earlier, and she has built her life around seeking revenge. The film's most striking aspect is the use of multiple switching narrators, so we see the tale unfold from several points of view.

Adjani, as always, has a tremendous emotional rawness, but for me the performance (and the writing) wears its heart a little too much on it's sleeve. I wish she wasn't so clearly crazy much of the time. Or that more people seemed to notice just how blatantly manipulative her behavior is.

The pace is very slow, which worked a lot of the time, but I did find myself frustrated at moments.

But all that said, this is an interesting experiment in telling a complex story, with strong performances all around. And if it occasionally falls into melodrama, it also is full of moments that are disturbing, moving and shocking.

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