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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
Having said that, I'd say this is a mid-level Rohmer film. But, still Rohmer, still unexplicably wonderful.
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.Read more ›
I would have actually preferred the whole film to be about the male lead and his self-absorption. Have him spend a month at the villa and the beach, sticking to his set goal of doing nothing, thinking nothing, while musing philosophically via narration. That would have been quite an effort for Rohmer to pull off. Of course he wanted to go the route of the moral dilemma or comedy and introduce the girl and raise up some conflict. Whatever... this is one of the weaker efforts from this director but still worthwhile for lovers of French cinema.
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La Collectionneuse makes an effort and winds up being silly. This is fine if you are easy-going and collect French films from the 60s. Read morePublished 10 months ago by rbrogan3
`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 morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Andrew Ellington
This is a superb French film with English subtitles that borders on being artistic, certainly causing viewers to think, besides enjoying what they see. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Israel Drazin
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 morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Matti
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 morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
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