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One Deadly Summer (1983)

L'été meurtrier (original title)
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Oozing sensuality, a young woman arrives in a small town and gets married to the local mechanic. Was it love at first sight? What links her enigmatic presence to the family's piano? Is it curiosity or is it something far more sinister?

Director:

Jean Becker

Writers:

Sébastien Japrisot (based on the novel by), Sébastien Japrisot (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Mademoiselle Dieu, 'Calamité', la maîtresse d'école de 'Elle'
Jean Gaven ... Leballech - le patron de la scierie
François Cluzet ... Mickey
Manuel Gélin Manuel Gélin ... Boubou
Roger Carel ... Henri dit 'Henri IV'
Michel Galabru ... Gabriel Devigne - le père d'Eliane
Marie-Pierre Casey Marie-Pierre Casey ... Mademoiselle Tussaud - la garde-malade
Cécile Vassort ... Josette
Edith Scob ... La doctoresse
Virginie Vignon Virginie Vignon ... Lou Lou Lou
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Storyline

Oozing sensuality, the seductively alluring, Eliane Wieck, arrives with her demure German mother and her disabled father in a rural southern French town, in a frilled dress and with a small suitcase in her hand. Pin-Pon, a car mechanic and volunteer firefighter, instantly falls for the charms of the mysterious newcomer--and before long--they get married. However, was it love at first sight for Eliane, too? What links her enigmatic presence to the family's old and dust-covered mechanical piano in the barn? It seems that the stage is set; but, what drives the cryptic young woman? Is it hungry curiosity or is it something far more sinister? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Isabelle Adjani originally turned down the part of Elle which was then proposed by Jean Becker to Valérie Kaprisky who accepted. Later, after reading the book from Sébastien Japrisot (which the movie is based upon), Isabelle Adjani came back on her decision and finally got the part. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Trois Petites Notes de Musique
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Henri Colpi
Performed by Yves Montand
Ed. Nuances
(Disques Philips 6680-267)
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Milo Manara's legacy in Adjanis character
10 October 2009 | by brunoabpSee all my reviews

It seems incredible, but I only got to see this picture 26 years after its release. A surprising plot that, at first, seems just like any other we would have already seen on screen. Allthou later it reveals itself to be full of surprises. Isabelle Adjani is at her peak of beauty and talent.

One thing was always on my mind while watching her figure and style. It seems as if the director Jean Becker had based her image on one of Milo Manara's characters. Adjani's body lines and her face were a form of inspiration for one of these two artists.

An absolute "must see".


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

One Deadly Summer See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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