One Deadly Summer (L'ete Meurtrier)
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One Deadly Summer is a film that will discomfit many, not the least because of the copious amounts of Isabelle Adjani's bare flesh and the sexual assault themes. This is a film that confronts this kind of material head on, without descending into simple minded black and white oppositions or caricature. Jean Becker delivers an engrossing and subtle film that doesn't pull its punches.
One Deadly Summer is a subtle and impactful film, shot beautifully and masterfully directed by Jean Becker. The cast is superb. The story engaging. And Isabelle Adjani is decidedly easy on the eyes. Her energetic performance is worth attention on its own, but luckily there is much more on display here to enjoy. This is a film worth owning, and watching more than once. Highly recommended. -- DVDTalk.com
So, One Deadly Summer finally comes to NTSC with a surprisingly strong, progressive, anamorphic (original 1.66) and dual-layered transfer. It has some grand moments - especially the outdoor scenes. Close-ups look great, minimal artifacts - I was impressed!
...I think the release should be commended - it looks very strong for SD and the film itself has gained some stature - even beyond Adjani's gratuitous nudity. The thriller aspects kind of sneak up on you after all the sexuality. A curious and appealing film effort from Becker - certainly worthy of repetition but deserves some discussion supplements. Priced high - but, I don't know - could be very worth it for some. Give it a spin. -- Gary W. Tooze, DVDbeaver.com, April 9, 2010
Those warm French exteriors are given an excellent shine on this DVD. The film doesn't seem to suffer from any print damage despite its age, and neither grain nor compression difficulties are problematic. The colors are rich, with strong skin tones. The French audio does the dialogue justice, and subtitles are clear and easy to read.
...this is an interesting addition to world cinema on digital disc. -- DVDVerdict.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I initially purchased this film thinking this would be one of those light French summer comedy romances, even thought the title has the word "deadly" in it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L
One reviewer of this French masterpiece wrote "If you've not fallen for Adjani by the end of this film, check your pulse; you're probably dead". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alan. J. Reynolds
great book to read after watching the great movie---interesting formal/style---book written via the viewpoint of the major charactersPublished 12 months ago by The Hikemaster
I am fan of Isabelle Adjani so I wanted to see this. I watched this with my roomate a few years ago. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Annelies
Wonderful French classic with a young Adjani in a powerful performancePublished 16 months ago by Joe Viamonte
More an Intelligent drama, with some violent overtones more than the
"thriller" it's packaged as. Read more