Blu-ray Review: ONE DEADLY SUMMER Is A Noir-ish Tale Of Death And Desire - Movies In Focus
A slow-burning dramatic thriller, One Deadly Summer (L’Été meurtrier) is a noir-ish tale of death and desire. The story in Jean Becker’s 1983 adaption of Sébastien Japrisot’s novel is strong, but the film really works because of the performances from Isabelle Adjani and Alain Souchon. The latter won a César Award for Best Actress in 1984. One Deadly Summer sees Adjani’s seductive Elle arrive in a small French town to seek revenge on the men who raped her mother. All the men in village have eyes for her, but she strikes-up a relationship with Souchon’s Pin-Pon, a laid-back mechanic and part-time fireman. It’s because of this relationship that complications begin to knock her plans off course. From the mid 1970s through the 1980s Isabelle Adjani was one of the hottest French actresses around, scoring high profile roles in a variety of big movies and working with A-list international auteurs like Roman Polanski, Werner Herzog, James Ivory, Walter Hill and Francois Truffaut. However, it’s her seductive role in One Deadly Summer which might be her crowning glory. It’s a performance which walks a very thin line. Adjani plays the antagonist and the protagonist, the femme fatale and hero. She’s strong and fragile. [...]