One Deadly Summer

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • r
  • Thriller

With ONE DEADLY SUMMER the French Cesars once again proved to be a kiss of death for a picture shown in the US. Indeed, though the film received a handful of awards, it amounts to little more than a convoluted, cliched tale. Emotionally unfit Eliane (Isabelle Adjani) searches for the three men who years ago battered, raped, and impregnated her mother. Convinced...read more

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With ONE DEADLY SUMMER the French Cesars once again proved to be a kiss of death for a picture shown in the US. Indeed, though the film received a handful of awards, it amounts to little more than a convoluted, cliched tale. Emotionally unfit Eliane (Isabelle Adjani) searches for the three

men who years ago battered, raped, and impregnated her mother. Convinced that one of these rapists is her father, she tracks down the family of one of the men and ensnares his son, Pin-Pon (Alain Souchon). Eliane is a full-blown tart, wandering around town without underwear, flashing her breasts,

and teasing anyone who looks her way. For some reason, Pin-Pon falls in love with her, lets her move into his family's home, and asks her to marry him. She, however, is keeping her true motives a secret. She also does not tell him that she is mentally disturbed, has a lesbian lover, fought off

childhood sexual advances by her father, and still suckles at her mother's breast. Directed by Jacques Becker's son Jean, ONE DEADLY SUMMER is wildly unbelievable and overlong, though it does make some interesting use of voice-over techniques. Adjani, who here bares all and does so often, turns in

a histrionic performance that earned raves, though it is French pop star Souchon who carries the picture. Yves Montand sings "Trois Petites Notes de Musique." The excellent subtitles deserve a special mention and should serve as a model to all. Cesars went to Adjani (Best Actress), Suzanne Flon

(Best Supporting Actress), Sebastien Japrisot (Best Adapted Screenplay), and Jacques Witta (Best Editing). (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: r
  • Review: With ONE DEADLY SUMMER the French Cesars once again proved to be a kiss of death for a picture shown in the US. Indeed, though the film received a handful of awards, it amounts to little more than a convoluted, cliched tale. Emotionally unfit Eliane (Isabe… (more)

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