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One Deadly Summer (1983)

L'été meurtrier (original title)
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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 »

Director:

Jean Becker

Writers:

Sébastien Japrisot (based on the novel by), Sébastien Japrisot (adaptation)
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Cast

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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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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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

Second collaboration of Isabelle Adjani with Alain Souchon. Both also formed a couple in All Fired Up (1982) from French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. See more »

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

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Performed by Yves Montand
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Henri Colpi
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(Disques Philips 6680-267)
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all bright, golden and light, at first
30 January 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I don't know how I've managed to not see this film till now, except I guess, for some reason it was only available for a short time. But it is a stunner, all bright, golden and light, at first, but rapidly the evidence of some dark undertow becomes evident. Alain Souchon seems a barely adequate pairing for Isabelle Adjani but it all gradually comes together. Adjani is skimpily dressed, partly undressed or completely nude for the entire picture and so hypnotises that we are distracted and unable to foresee what will be the doom laden, final denouement. I cannot think of another film where the leading lady looks so sensational from every angle and throughout an entire movie as Adjani does in this. Never a dull moment, as they say, and more than that, little is what it seems at first and those we think have a handle on things maybe don't. There is an intimate moment between Adjani's character and her mother that astonished and baffled me that does resonate as the film builds to its explosive ending.


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