If Becker shoots Adjani like she's in an advertisement (diffused light, slightly low-angle, elegantly framed), that's because she is. In One Deadly Summer, art and product are wrapped into one, disturbing whole.
Adjani’s performance provides the silken threads that help weave the film’s web of intrigue. She is at turns funny, petulant, tender, manipulative, ridiculous, and cruel. And the living doll from earlier, it was exactly what she wanted us to see. One Deadly Summer is a page-turner paperback come to life. A huge hit at the French box office anchored by Adjani’s superstar performance and brought to life by Becker’s assured and unostentatious direction.