Summer flix fix: L’Été meurtrier
Woefully unavailable on region 1 DVD, it stars Isabelle Adjani as a manipulative and alluring young woman with skeletons rattling loudly in the closet. Brazen and promiscuous, she sidesteps empathy and compassion to get what she wants in a sleepy provincial town. Becker lets his story unfold gradually, as an examination of a sexual monster created out of criminal violence, now in the process of extracting her revenge.
To reveal anything else would be unfair. L’Été merrier is an artfully rigged exercise in tension, of innocence lost and people held accountable for their digressions. It’s also Adjani at her seductive best, and evidence that Jean Becker understood the power of ego, desire and lust.