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One Deadly Summer (Version française) [Import]

Isabelle Adjani , Alain Souchon , Jean Becker    Unrated   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and comic; romantic and mysterious Sept. 3 2013
By Nigel
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This film show cases the amazing acting talent of Isabelle Adjani. Her performance is simply amazing. Her crying was thoroughly convincing. She is also very beautiful. The film is an interesting blend of romance, mystery, comedy, and tragedy. The story unfolds in a manner that is at times difficult to follow, but thoroughly engrossing. There are few films that I've seen that are as re-watchable as this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, complex revenge tale Dec 27 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
More an Intelligent drama, with some violent overtones more than the
"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
behavior is.

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.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Adjani's best May 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
"l'eté meurtruer" may not be as well known as "the story of Adele H." or "La Reine Margot" in the U.S. But, fans of Isabelle Adjani should most definitely check it out. Once again, Isabelle takes on a very challenging role - this time a mentally unstable young girl plotting revenge against the men (and their families) who brutally raped her mother 19 years ago. Along the way, she struggles to maintain what sanity she has left while coming to grips with her inner deamons. The movie's plot never gets dull and NOTHING is predictible. A multiple Ceasar winner in France, take a look and you'll see why.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly indeed! June 7 2006
By Scott Mcgredy - Published on Amazon.com
A sultry summer tale of revenge, violence, desire, sexuality and deception, this psychological suspense film is gripping throughout. Shown from two different viewpoints and with the aid of flashbacks and with a slowly unfolding plot, it's long (2 1/4 hrs.) and fairly hard-to-follow upon first viewing but features superb momentum-inducing acting by Alain Souchon as the hopeful "boyfriend", Suzanne Flon as the deaf aunt - watch her facial expressions!, and especially Isabelle Adjani in an outrageous but moving part. As the lead character - known only as "She" - you either hate or sympathize with her. Either way, Adjani is at the top of her form - which is saying a lot! I shouldn't write any more without revealing the denouement, except, having won four Cesar Awards, this 1983 film, which finally became available in 2010 as Region 0 disc, needs to be seen by fans of smart thrillers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Psycholigical Thriller July 13 2013
By D_shrink - Published on Amazon.com
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The story concerns Isabelle Adjani, in the role of Eliane or Elle, for short, a gorgeous 19yo, out to revenge the rape of her mother by killing her three rapists, one of whom she suspects of being her father, although the man she calls father has loved her dearly all her life. Her mother is totally reserved and afraid of real life since the rape and cares for her husband, who may or may not be Elle's real father as it seems [and I want to emphasize that point] to have left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair as the result of a stoke. The other main character is played by Alain Souchon, a car mechanic who is madly in love with her, although she has had numerous affairs with many locals [both male and female alike] including his best friend Georges and a female teacher at her school, of which he and the whole town seems to be aware.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm, mysterious summer! Jan. 25 2010
By Ankur Mukherjee - Published on Amazon.com
French cinema yet once again proved its brilliance through this tiny masterpiece. The film if described in one word 'Unpredictable', yes it is so, you never know what will be the next thing or what will be the next intension of a charecter will be. 'L'ete Meurtrier' is a film about charecters you may or maynot be familiar with in real life but you certainly will believe them. Isabelle Adjani is very precise and shines with excellence in her role. Alain Sounchon delivers a remarkable perferormence, and the chemistry between these two are beyond words. The film oozes with mystery every moment, though having situations very believeble and genuine. A film to look out for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Futility of Revenge Aug. 12 2013
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
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There's an old saying: When you go looking for revenge, first dig two graves. This 1983 film by Jean Becker, based on the novel by late, great French author Sebastien Japrisot, is a vivid example of that truism. A beautiful, alluring young woman (Isabelle Adjani) vamps various men in a small French town, particularly one young man (Alain Souchon) whom she tricks into marrying her. Why? Well, that's the mystery in this long, complicated story. It has to do with a long-ago crime, and the young woman is clearly seeking retribution. There's just one problem: she's a certifiable nutcase. How this all plays out is fairly interesting, and it's very well acted by all, particularly Adjani.

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.
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