One Deadly Summer (Version française) [Import]
|List Price:||CDN$ 39.93|
|Price:||CDN$ 37.29 & FREE Shipping. Details|
|You Save:||CDN$ 2.64 (7%)|
Eliane (Isabelle Adjani) a beautiful young woman settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother and physically handicapped father. Traumatized by her knowledge that her mother was raped by three men before she was born Eliane thinks she s on a trail of vengeance when she s courted by a young garage mechanic (Alain Souchon) whose father has the only clue to the identity of her mother s aggressors. But as the story unfolds in Rashomon-like flashbacks and narrations the tale becomes increasingly complex and leads inexorably to a stunning conclusion. Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot Camille Claudel Diabolique) stars in this Jean Becker (Children of the Marshland Conversations with My Gardener) directed tale of misunderstanding obsession and madness that s in the tradition of Swimming Pool and Open Your Eyes. One Deadly Summer (L ete Meurtrier) was the winner of 4 Cesar Awards including Best Actress for Isabelle Adjani. Newly-remastered in high definition. In French with English subtitles. Rating: NR
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
"thriller" it's packaged as. This has more in common with "Rashomon"
than with the latest slick action movie out of Hollywood.
Isabelle Adjani plays a young woman unhinged by the knowledge of her
mother's brutal rape by 3 men years earlier, and she has built her life
around seeking revenge. The film's most striking aspect is the use of
multiple switching narrators, so we see the tale unfold from several
points of view.
Adjani, as always, has a tremendous emotional rawness, but for me the
performance (and the writing) wears its heart a little too much on it's
sleeve. I wish she wasn't so clearly crazy much of the time. Or that
more people seemed to notice just how blatantly manipulative her
The pace is very slow, which worked a lot of the time, but I did find
myself frustrated at moments.
But all that said, this is an interesting experiment in telling a
complex story, with strong performances all around. And if it
occasionally falls into melodrama, it also is full of moments that are
disturbing, moving and shocking.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
You realize early on that this is bound to end tragically due to Elle's flights into mental instability and her boyfriend's inability to recognize her madness.
The movie is filled with eroticism throughout including many scenes of Adjani in glorious full frontal nudity. But one of the most disturbing scenes is when she gets mad at her mother for not wanting to tell her more about her rape 19 years ago and whether she enjoyed it or not; Elle then cries and begs forgiveness, ending with Elle, suckling at her mother's breast for comfort, at the age of 19. Yes, that scene is fully depicted also. Much of the movie is depicted through the voice over of a deaf aunt of the mechanic, who becomes friends with Eliane/Elle and is her only real confidant in the household of her husband. The other tragedy is the earliest manifestation of Elle's madness in that she may or may not have been responsible for the stroke of her mother's husband, the man she lovingly calls her father and who loves her dearly. All the intersecting story twists make sense when one considers how a mentally disturbed person may view real life events.
Well worth watching more than once. Disturbing but engrossing.
I'm a fan of Japrisot's novel, and the film is a (mostly) faithful adaptation. But somehow, the fun of reading the book is not here in the movie. Everything in the film seems very serious, whereas the book has a lighter, more ironic tone. But the moral of the story is still very powerful, whether you read the book or see the film. This new, anamorphic widescreen print from Tanelorn Films is a big improvement over the earlier DVD and the VHS tape. If you want to add ONE DEADLY SUMMER to your film library, this is the version to get. Enjoy the movie, but find a copy of Japrisot's book and read it--it's really much better.
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Genre > Drama
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Genre > Mystery & Suspense
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Original Language > French
- Movies & TV > Drama
- Movies & TV > En français > Action, Aventure, Policier et Thriller > Policier et Thriller
- Movies & TV > En français > Drame
- Movies & TV > Mystery & Suspense > Mystery