Summer Lovers (1982) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Tuna's notes in white:
Summer Lovers (1982) stars Peter Gallagher as a young man, probably just out of college, summering on a Greek island with his steady girlfriend, Daryl Hannah. He is sort of a pre-yuppie, and has always done what was expected of him. Although he loves Hannah, he has a vague feeling that there might be more to life. Hannah is quiet, with a self-image problem, and is very modest, but she too wants more from their relationship. She is reading books about how to have a more exciting sex life, and hopes the vacation will kindle magic between them.
The first day there, Gallagher meets Valerie
Quenessen, a French born archeologist, uninhibited, but afraid of
commitment and relationships. She has come to Greece to "simplify
her life." Gallagher follows her to the beach, where they end up
having sex. After, he is surprised at himself, and confused about
his feelings. He confesses to Hannah, who is jealous and threatened,
and tells him to go get it out of his system. Hannah goes into town,
and almost "gets even" with a local, but changes her mind. The fact
that IMDB calls this Threesome will give you an idea how it ends up.
On one level, it is a Hollywood formula love story -- couple meets
girl, couple loses girl, couple finds girl, but all three characters
seem very real, and react and grow in ways that have the ring of
truth. That, and the fact that the film is full of nudity, explains
why I like this film very much.
The most interesting question related to this film is this - whatever happened to Valerie Quennessen?
Her two young co-stars, Daryl Hannah and Peter Gallagher, went on to be mid-level stars. Valerie disappeared altogether. Without a trace. For years.
She made this movie (August 1982 release) and Conan the Barbarian (May 1982 release), did some French TV work about the same time, and then seemed to disappear from the face of the earth. As of 1997, nobody in the world seemed to have any information about her whereabouts in the previous 15 years. Then this story appeared in the newsgroup alt.obituaries in June of 1998:
The story concludes as follows, with a letter from one of my readers:
|As for the movie. It was the only full-length film in Randall Kleiser's career which he wrote and directed. After this attractively photographed movie, he was still in demand as a director, but he was asked to leave his scripts home. Kleiser is no Marty Scorsese, but he can still get work as a workmanlike director-for-hire, mostly for TV and "B" movies. In 1998, for example, he directed Shadow of Doubt, the film where critics questioned the casting of Melanie Griffith as a brilliant defense attorney.||
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