One Deadly Summer
|One Deadly Summer
original film poster
|Directed by||Jean Becker|
|Produced by||Christine Beyout|
|Written by||Jean Becker
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||11 May 1983 (France)|
|Running time||130 Min (Director's Cut)
133 Min (Director's Cut)
One Deadly Summer (French: L'été meurtrier) is a French film directed by Jean Becker. Isabelle Adjani won a César award for her performance in this film. The film was a massive hit in France gaining 5,137,040 admissions and was the 2nd highest grossing film of the year. The film is based on a 1977 novel by Sébastien Japrisot (whose real name is Jean-Baptiste Rossi).
In this tragic tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and increasing madness, "Elle," a beautiful young woman (Isabelle Adjani) settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother (Maria Machado) and physically handicapped father and soon becomes the subject of wild speculation because of her aloofness and at the same time, her obvious sexuality. The young woman is actually caught up in the desire to avenge the long-ago rape of her mother, a rape committed by three men who had arrived at her isolated house in a van which contained an old piano which they were delivering. A shy car mechanic (Alain Souchon) becomes enamored of her, and the woman suddenly sees him in a different light when she learns that his father, now dead, was an Italian immigrant who had owned (and pawned) the piano. Intent on taking action against the mechanic's family to right the wrong suffered by her mother, the daughter begins to lose her grip on sanity when she finds out that the men she suspects of the rape are actually innocent. In fact, her father had long ago exacted his own vengeance on the real culprits. This knowledge pushes her over the edge, and she has to be institutionalized. Meanwhile, the young mechanic misunderstands what happened and that leads to tragedy; he tracks down and kills the innocent men Elle had suspected of raping her mother, believing them to be responsible for Elle's current condition.
- Isabelle Adjani as Eliane Wieck, known as 'Elle'
- Alain Souchon as Fiorimonto 'Florimond' Montecciari, known as 'Pin-Pon'
- Suzanne Flon as Nine, known as 'Cognata'
- Jenny Clève as Madame Montecciari, the mother of 'Pin Pon'
- Maria Machado as Paula Wieck Devigne, known as 'Eva Braun' and the mother of 'Elle'
- Evelyne Didi as Calamité
- Jean Gaven as Leballech, the boss of the sawmill
- François Cluzet as Mickey
- Manuel Gélin as Boubou
- Roger Carel as Henri, known as 'Henri IV'
- Michel Galabru as Gabriel Devigne, the father of 'Elle'
- Marie-Pierre Casey as Mademoiselle Tussaud, the home nurse
- Cécile Vassort as Josette
- Edith Scob as La doctoresse
- Maïwenn Le Besco as 'Elle' as a child
1983 Cannes Film Festival
César Awards, France, 1984
- César Best Actress - Isabelle Adjani
- Best Editing - Jacques Witta
- Best Supporting Actress - Suzanne Flon
- Best Writing - Adaptation - Sébastien Japrisot
- César Best Actor - Alain Souchon
- Best Director - Jean Becker
- Best Film - Jean Becker
- Best Music Written for a Film - Georges Delerue
- Best Supporting Actor - François Cluzet
- "Festival de Cannes: One Deadly Summer". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-14.