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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

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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Roses de Picardie
Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Eddy Marnay
Ed. Chapell
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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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