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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
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer
Nicole Lenfant .... production administrator
Daniele Lutin .... production secretary (as Danielle Lutin)

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Also Known As:
"L'été meurtrier" - France (original title)
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133 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Aussi sur que je suis vivante, je riverai son ame, 12 January 1999
Author: Michael Coy ( from London, England

It is high summer in the south of France. and one family's peace is about to be disturbed by Eliane, a young woman with revenge on her mind.

Isabelle Adjani was 28 and already a star when she played Eliane, the scheming minx who dominates the film. Eliane is a wild child, disturbed, bitchy and alluring by turns. She has in mind a grand plan of revenge against the people whom she holds responsible for the rape of her mother. However, events take an unexpected turn ...

This is a story saturated in, and powered by, sex. Eliane is obsessed by the violent rape of her mother back in 1955, the very incident which spawned her. In a real sense, her whole existence is given meaning by the rape. She is an extremely attractive girl, and she uses sex to get what she wants, and particularly to advance her designs of vengeance.

Pin Pon (Alain Souchon) is a decent, simple man. His family, the Montecciari, are proud of their Italian descent. In their barn stands the barrel organ which played "Roses of Picardy" during the rape, and this Italian organ-grinder's instrument becomes for Eliane the symbol of her sense of injustice. She schemes to entrap Pin Pon into marrying her, in order to get close to the family's bosom.

From the early scene in which Pin Pon emerges from under a car on a mechanic's trolley to find himself looking up Eliane's tiny diaphanous skirt, we know that he is an innocent dupe and that she is a pouting, dangerous little madam. It quickly becomes obvious that she is also unstable. Her behaviour in the restaurant embarrasses Pin Pon and her relationship with her mother is difficult and quasi-sexual. At times she regresses into a child-like vulnerability, and at others she is wantonly malicious and unruly.

The narration of the story switches between the characters in a natural and convincing way. Eliane's relationship with the deaf Costagna (Suzanne Flon) is sensitively portrayed. Eliane is the only one whom the deaf woman can understand, because she whispers. The deaf old fool sees more clearly than the others what Eliane is about.

To manipulate Pin Pon into marriage, Eliane pretends to be 'expecting'. Once again, sex is being used to avenge sex, the product of the unlooked-for pregnancy is exploiting her own imaginary pregnancy to settle the score. She takes particular delight in antagonising Pin Pon's stiff, correct mother (Jenny Cleve). The wedding is marred when Eliane unaccountably vanishes - another slight inflicted on the Montecciari, and a mirroring of the baby's 'disappearance'.

The key to the complex plot is Eliane's traumatic relationship with her father, played by Michel Galabru. Just as Eliane is not really an expectant mother, so M. Devigne is not really a father. There is a sexual element in the bond of affection, at least in Eliane's unbalanced mind, and a colossal burden of guilt.

If the men in the truck hadn't taken a wrong turning on that November night in 1955, or if the German girl hadn't been displaced by the war, or the Italians hadn't chosen to settle in the Vaucluse ... There is a sense in which the accidental intermingling of nationalities has caused this disruption in the life of the sleepy provencal village. And now, twenty years on, the potent mixture is reaching critical mass.

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