‘One Deadly Summer’ at Film Noir Festival — April 17th —

13 Apr

Love Crimes: Forty Years of French Film Noir
One Deadly Summer
April 17, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Plestcheeff Auditorium

Gorgeous, fierce, and somehow emotionally wounded, a young woman (Isabelle Adjani) and her parents (Maria Machado, Michel Galabru) move to a small village in Provence. Everyone in town notices the provocative Adjani, but a likable garage mechanic (Alain Souchon) is the one she lets get close. Soon she’s crying on his shoulder and, against the wishes of his mother (Jenny Clève), moving in with them. Soon Adjani starts talking about having a wedding and knitting baby clothes. Is this love or some calculated strategy? And why is Adjani so curious about the piano in the barn, and just who delivered in it on a certain November night twenty years ago?

Veteran actress Suzanne Flon is charming as Souchon’s deaf but perceptive aunt. Sébastien Japrisot’s screenplay of his bestselling suspense novel retains the book’s intriguing narrative structure and tangy dialogue. With music by Georges Delerue.

(Jean Becker, 1983) In 35 mm, color, 133 min. Film in French with English subtitles.

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