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One Deadly Summer Details


In this tragic tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and increasing madness, "she," 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 Italian immigrants, one of whom is associated with a player piano. An attractive car mechanic (Alain Souchon) is 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 owned a player 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 long ago exacted his own vengeance on the three rapists. This knowledge pushes her over the edge, and she has to be institutionalized. Meanwhile, the young mechanic misunderstands what has happened and sets in motion events that cannot but lead to tragedy. Alain Souchon garnered four different Cesars in the 1983 competition: "Best Actress" (Isabelle Adjani), "Best Supporting Actress" (Suzanne Flon), "Best Original Screenplay," and "Best Editing." ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Awarded by
French Academy of Cinema Jacques Witta Best Editing 1983 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Isabelle Adjani Best Actress 1983 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Suzanne Flon Best Supporting Actress 1983 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Sébastien Japrisot Best Original Screenplay 1983 Winner


Isabelle Adjani
as Elaine/Elle
Alain Souchon
as Pin Pon
Suzanne Flon
as Cognata
Jenny Cleve
as Pin Pon's Mother
François Cluzet
as Mickey
Michel Galabru
as Gabriel
Manuel Gelin
as Boubou
Maria Machado
as Elle's Mother
Maïwenn Le Besco
as Elle as a Child
Daniel Langlet
as Maitre
Cécile Vassort
as Josette
Martin Lamotte
as Georges
Yves Alfonso
as Rostallan
Roger Carel
as Henry IV (nickname)
Jean Gaven
as Leballech
Edith Scob
as Lady Doctor
Virginie Vignon
Jacques Dynam
as Ferraldo
Jacques Nolot
as Fiero
Patrice Melennec
Evelyne Didi
as Calamite
Raymond Meunier
as Brochard
Max Morel
as Touret


Jean Becker
Jean Becker
Sébastien Japrisot
Book Author
Sébastien Japrisot
Étienne Becker
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Jacques Witta
Jean-Claude Gallouin
Art Director
Guillaume Sciama
Sound/Sound Designer