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La Collectionneuse (1967)

Patrick Bauchau , Haydée Politoff , Eric Rohmer  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Alain Jouffroy, Mijanou Bardot
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Writers: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Eric Rohmer
  • Producers: Alfred de Graff, Barbet Schroeder, Georges de Beauregard
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572528060
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "La Collectionneuse" on IMDb

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer - love him or leave him May 15, 2004
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There's no middle ground when it comes to Eric Rohmer films. You either love them or you hate them. If you hate them, there's no sense reviewing them for others. For those of us who love them, maybe we should rate the films on the Rohmer Scale of 1 to 5. "1" for your least favourites and "5" for your most favourites.
Having said that, I'd say this is a mid-level Rohmer film. But, still Rohmer, still unexplicably wonderful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aaaah, la collectionneuse April 18, 2002
ok. first up, this is heavy duty french art film action. approximatley equivalent in endurance requirement to eg. slacker. and equally rewarding for those who make the effort.
the film focuses on a lazy summer. a young art dealer is staying at a friends south-of-france villa, where he proposes "to do absolutely nothing"
he and the friend pontificate about the lovelife of the artless haide as she sleeps her way around the riviera. their intellectualisation serves to put themselves morally above her - in their minds at least. but haide shows them that they are aiming for something they can never have - while she is often unsatisfied she is more often happy, or at least mildly amused.
this is an awesome mood piece - i thouroughly recommend quiet contemplation with your relaxant of choice. top notch
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can this wonderful movie not be known? October 9, 2004
Eric Rohmer is such a talented movie director; philosophical, simple and so successful in depicting human life even in the murky and intellectualistic XXth century. From his works I have had the chance to see, I find La Collectionneuse the most precious, and must now express my surprise at how incredibly few people who write reviews about this motion picture have noticed its genius.

Perhaps things are so because they have not seen it in the movie theater. Certainly, this Disc is also to join the numerous complaints that the Fox Lorber DVD versions of Rohmer's works have a mediocre technical quality; those who watch La Collectionneuse only on DVD cannot fully behold the marvelous quality of its images, shot in 16mm and standing so impressively on the large movie-screen. It is a dream in silky textures of light and shadow, calmly led towards its climax in a contemplative, delightfully pleasant mood; its pace is even slower than the average Rohmer; who throughout his life has always been acknowledged for great care with details of mis-en-scene, a care which here is astonishing. There is nothing to be added or taken out. The beautiful shots of nature, the atmosphere of 60's and all words and gestures fit together as well as life itself.

The screenplay of La Collectionneuse was written eight-handed by the director and the three main players: Patrick Bauchau, who represents Adrien; Haydee Politoff, after whose name the Collectionneuse herself is named; and the simply unforgettable Daniel Pommereulle, who passed away in the end of 2003 after remaining nearly three decades out of the screen. Pommereulle has a part in this movie that seems never to have been properly called attention to by anyone, at least judging from the material that is available on the internet.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, subtle, profound and funny movie January 5, 2005
Of course, if you never liked any of Rohmer's film, this one is not for you. But "La Collectionneuse" is an extremely beautiful, subtle and profound movie. Also a funny one, even if you don't laugh... Rohmer could have made only this single film, and yet would be an important and intriguing director.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and subtly profound January 3, 2007
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I purchased this DVD mainly to practice my French, determined to disregard the English subtitles. But I found myself so absorbed in the characters and plot that I ended up reading the English to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'll view it again later for the practice. I've always liked Rohmer. His characters are always articulate, eccentric, but oh so human. The women and men in this parable about the meaning of human relationships and our need for other people are all bright and sexy in that unique French way. The setting in the South of France was intoxicating--brilliant splashes of sun, acres of clear, clean beaches and water. The journey of self-discovery for the man in the film was moving and inspiring, as he began to understand that he needed more in his life than to spend his life as a collector, referring to both his work as a collector of antiques and his own promiscuity. He returns from his extended vacation a new man. Don't expect a lot of action here, but a sexy little tale of self-discovery. Not an adult movie, but certainly a movie for adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superb must-see film November 17, 2010
This is a superb French film with English subtitles that borders on being artistic, certainly causing viewers to think, besides enjoying what they see. There are at least three themes: the value of a bohemian life, free gratification of sex, and relationships.

We are introduced to Haydee at the outset of the film. The camera watches Haydee for more than a few minutes as she walks a beach in the slimmest of bikinis. She seems engrossed in thought, somewhat sad, feeling alone. The camera dwells on each part of her beautiful body, feel, legs, stomach, breasts, arms, neck, and face. She is very attractive and graceful.

We then meet a handsome man, Adrien. We see his flat stomach frequently and his chest and face. He tells his friends that he wants to leave England, go to a friend's chateau in France, and do nothing in seclusion, for his friend is not there.

Haydee visits and is allowed to stay. She is with a boy and has noisy sex with him nightly. Adrien chases the boy away because of the noise. Haydee seems indifferent, and has male friends pick her up every night, a different one each night, and does not return until morning. Adrien sees her as a collector of men; hence the title of the film. He acts as if he is indifferent, but comes to think that Haydee is trying to seduce him.

At the end of the film Haydee agrees to sleep with him. Will he do so? If not, why not? What does Adrien need? Haydee says that she never gets what she wants. What does Haydee really want or need? Will she ever get it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking classic...
`La Collectionneuse' is the third film in Eric Rohmer's `Six Morality Tales, but it isn't dependent on the other five films in order to make an impact. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Ellington
3.0 out of 5 stars Eric Rohmer's Collector Girl, 3.5 stars
After an hour into this film, the viewer begins to fantasize about punching these smug, pretentious self-absorbed creeps in the face. Yes, the girl too. Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by dv_forever
5.0 out of 5 stars ADVENTURES OF HUMAN MIND
La Collectionneuse is the third part in Rohmer's "The Moral Tales" The connecting thing in these tales is that the protagonist at the moment he is reaching a woman, meets another... Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Matti
3.0 out of 5 stars The weak link in the Six Moral Tales
Although much aclaimed on its first release, seen today La Collectionneuse seems easily the weakest link in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer The Best Film ever Made
This movie surpasses most of those movies mentioned as best movie of all times. Here are the reasons:

a) There is no stupid musik. Read more
Published on October 3, 2004 by Patrick Linden
1.0 out of 5 stars S'il vous plait- save your money! Merci
Well, I just have one word for this film-boring. Some of the scenery is good, but that's about it. So, save your money, go rent something else.
Published on February 22, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Moral Tales #3
The third entry in Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" series, shot in colour on 16mm. Those who can't get into Rohmer's other films certainly aren't going to have their minds... Read more
Published on July 24, 2000 by "simon_dame"
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