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One Deadly Summer DVD

aka L'été meurtrier, Jean Becker, 1983

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Film Details

Directed by Jean Becker

Produced in 1983

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

MovieMail's Review

A marvellous film of shifting perspectives and unexpected twists. What begins, seemingly, as a light, bawdy comedy about village sex life soon becomes something much more dark and mysterious.

Isabelle Adjani is outstanding as the ostensibly carefree and sexually brazen Eliane, who waltzes into the community with a truckload of attitude and a wardrobe-full of see-through dresses. But after seducing unassuming fireman Pin Pon (Alain Souchon), and moving into his unwelcoming family home, Eliane’s troubled past and shadier motives are gradually revealed in tantalising morsels of backstory.

One Deadly Summer is one of those thrillers that the French seem to do better than anyone else: it is sexy, funny, mischievous and disarmingly powerful.

Julian Upton on 3rd August 2004
Author of 172 reviews

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Film Description

Boasting a powerful central perfomance from a César award-winning Isabelle Adjani, One Deadly Summer is an assured, complex thriller from Jean Becker (Conversations With My Gardener, Welcome Aboard). Adjani plays the beautiful, moody and provocative 19 year-old Eliane, who returns with her parents to a quiet Provence village near her birthplace. She soon sets tongues wagging and arouses the interest of the local menfolk - but it turns out she is bent on revenge on behalf of her mother. A genuinely good mystery drama with decent photography and direction, this is an absolute must for Adjani fans.

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: Nouveaux Pictures

Length: 125 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 23rd August 2004

Cat No: NPD1019

Subtitles: English

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by Anon on 20th January 2001

Adjani's is the central performance in this film - it is simply excellent. The whole piece is a deeply layered film that unveils itself one skin at a time and is deepl... Read on


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