One Deadly Summer

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Shortly after Elle Wieck (Isabelle Adjani) moves to a small French village, she begins dating Pin-Pon (Alain Souchon), a quiet young mechanic who has grown obsessed with the beautiful newcomer. But Elle has her own reason for the relationship: Pin-Pon's deceased father was one of the men who brutally gang-raped her mother (Maria Machado) two decades before, and she's out to get her own form of revenge. However, Pin-Pon's deaf aunt (Suzanne Flon) suspects Elle's true motivation.

Cast & Crew

Isabelle Adjani
Eliane Wieck dite `'Elle'`
Alain Souchon
Fiorimonto `'Florimond'` Montecciari
Suzanne Flon
Nine dite `'Cognata'`
François Cluzet
Mickey
Manuel Gelin
Boubou
Jenny Cleve
Madame Montecciari
Michel Galabru
Gabriel Devigne
Maria Machado
Paula Wieck Devigne dite `'Eva Braun'`
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Critic Reviews for L'Été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer)

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Audience Reviews for L'Été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer)

  • Oct 04, 2010
    An interesting character study that benefits from a strong performance by Adjani as a beautiful young woman bent on revenge. Even so, the story is not only greater due to a predictable ending that you can see coming halfway through the film.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2008
    A fairly decent adaptation of a good psychological thriller by Sébastien Japrisot, scripted by the author himself. The trouble with it is, the book's greatest strengths - the richly detailed provincial French setting and the vivid characterisation, resulting from a multiple first-person narrative - prove difficult to translate to the screen, at least within the constraints of a sensible running time. The movie, therefore, somehow manages to feel simultaneously watered-down and overlong. Japrisot attempts to preserve his first-person narrative in voiceover form, but he overuses this device considerably; I've nothing against voiceovers per se, but cinema should primarily be about visual storytelling, and any movie this reliant on narration must be doing something wrong! Switching from coquettish sexiness to childlike vulnerability in the blink of an eye, Isabelle Adjani is marvellous in the lead role, but try to imagine the film without her and it begins to look very ordinary indeed. The rest of the cast are fine, though strictly two-dimensional. Jean Becker's direction is adequate but completely lacking in tension; a first-rate director - say, Claude Chabrol in his prime - would have made more of the psychosexual strangeness of the tale, and would have better disguised the fact that the nicely ironic ending hinges on a pretty indigestible coincidence. My advice: read the book; if you like it, watch this for Adjani.
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