The discovery of a dead young woman in an isolated part of France, goes hand in hand with the forest fires ravaging the countryside. Mysteriously, the body was moved from the place where it was originally found to a place in the nearby town. Alice, a young woman inspector from nearby Marseille is sent to investigate. Nothing prepares her for what she is about to get into.
For starters, there is a superstition in the town that each summer a new young woman is found dead. There is also a legend about a local woman who is believed to be a saint. Alice must deal with a difficult situation herself because the roads are blocked by firefighters battling the raging fire nearby. Her suspicion centers in Antoine Vialat, a doctor whose life is not immediately clear to Alice.
"Cet ete la" directed by Elisabeth Rappeneau for French television, was shown recently on cable. The screenplay was written by Tiffany Tavernier, the daughter of director Bernard Tavernier, and Nicolas Tackian. The story mixes local lore with a criminal who is at work among the superstitious folks in town. To her credit, Ms. Rappeneau, who works for French television, tries to give the story the nuances the crime being investigated requires. Her cast is interesting for the most part. Constance Dolle and Marc Barbe visibly featured do a good job for the director. The film was shot in the Luberon area of Provence.
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