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In this section are films that deal with more serious themes, such as crime, passion, troubled romance and hard-hitting human stories.

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  • Elle l'adore

    Elle l'adore

  • Les Anarchistes

    Les Anarchistes

  • Hors la loi

    Hors la loi

  • Un prophete

    Un prophete

  • Mediterranea

    Mediterranea

  • Chaos

    Chaos

  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

  • Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

    Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

  • Mal de pierres

    Mal de pierres

  • La Proie

    La Proie

  • 11.6

    11.6

  • La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

    La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

  • Les cowboys

    Les cowboys

  • Après le sud

    Après le sud

  • Chocolat

    Chocolat

  • L'Atessa

    L'Atessa

  • La fille inconnue

    La fille inconnue

  • Belle de jour

    Belle de Jour

  • La femme tranquille

    La femme tranquille

  • Un peuple et son roi

    Un peuple et son roi

  • Belleville Story

    Belleville Story

  • Nelly

    Nelly

  • 1905

    1905 - The Winds of Passion

  • Frères Ennemis

    Frères Ennemis (Close Enemies)

  • L'Été meurtrier

    L'Été meurtrier

  • Les fantômes d'Israël

    Les fantômes d'Israël

  • Guillaume, la jeunesses du conquérant

    Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant

  • Une saison en France

    Une saison en France

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L'Été meurtrier
L'Été meurtrier
A 1983 erotic drama for which Isabelle Adjani won a César award. She plays the beautiful Eliane, who goes by the name of Elle, and whose family have settled in a small southern French town. Stunning and provocative she soon has the men's attention, in particular a volunteer firefighter who everybody calls Pin-Pon.

But Elle is a complex character with a handicapped father and a very withdrawn mother, with whom she has quite a strange relationship. Meanwhile Pin-Pon's mother is far from happy with their relationship.

As the story unfolds we learn that Elle's mother, who is German, had in the past suffered a violent rape by three Italian men, something Elle wants desperately to avenge. It was the fact that Pin-Pon's deceased father was Italian that caused her to start a relationship with him. An old piano in his garage linked to the story of the rape, the three men involved having had a piano in the van they were using. While at the same time she blames her father for not exacting revenge.

We see flashbacks that gradually reveal Elle's childhood and the rape incident. But as she digs deeper into her mother's story it leads her to discover something that she was not expecting, to the extent that it destabilises her mentally. Having married Pin-Pon, she walked away from the wedding celebrations, leaving him perplexed. He eventually finds her in hospital receiving psychological care. Blaming her condition on the men who abused her mother he decides to take matters into his own hands, with tragic results.

We see an awful lot of Isabelle Adjani in this film, playing as she does a totally uninhibited woman who thinks nothing of parading around as nature intended.
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