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.