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2,774 Ratings

La collectionneuse

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1967
Drama, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

Aa bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a “collector” of men.

Our take

Eric Rohmer, the French New Wave’s realist par excellence (and a master of witty, literate, deliciously ironic dialogue) spent the 60s making a now legendary series of “Six Moral Tales”. With La collectionneuse, he took the “Moral Tales” into darker territory and created an arthouse classic!

La collectionneuse Directed by Éric Rohmer

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1967 | 2 wins including: Special Prize of the Jury (Silver Berlin Bear)

CPH PIX

2011

Viennale

2010

Rohmer’s greatest strength is that his lens is much longer, taking in the entire run of postwar permissiveness and disillusion. The real charms and pleasures of La Collectionneuse lie in more essential observations about taste and desire. Elegance can be a weapon. Better to search than collect. Without a greater purpose, intellectual contemplation is a form of nihilism.
March 17, 2017
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For all its rivers of dialogue, La Collectionneuse is a remarkably tactile feature, of terry cloth robes against the skin, rocks under your feet, a shaft of light entering the room. Like most of Rohmer’s work La Collectionneuse has a piercing lucidity, conveying an understanding of background birdsong as well as the labyrinthine self-delusions of aging artist-lotharios.
June 21, 2016
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The natural splendors of blue water, rocky shore, bright sky, and hilly terrain provide a serene setting for the eternal struggle of man versus man, man versus woman, and man versus his own worst instincts. Adrien is the film’s central consciousness and its narrator, and the personal price of his impending summer fling forms the core of Rohmer’s moral psychology.
December 20, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Peregrine's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Rohmer is fluent and delicate in this little gem, with a pace and shots to cherish and characters to despise and recognize. There is sun and sea, a beautiful woman and two men brabbling on and on while it all boils down to our hunt for love and tenderness, and all the small sparks and stinges it renders within us. There are ideas and stupidities flying and we can't choose our catch

  • Ben Dooley's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    An incredibly dark film! It seems to be Rohmer's attempt at a reworking of Hitchcock's Vertigo within a more 'realist' framework... It takes a while to realize we're following an unstable narrator and Rohmer is attacking his misogyny. The way he consistently talks objectively and yet his ideas shift as the story progresses is fascinating, making the film itself equally unstable. So skillfully constructed - beautiful.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Don't sympathize with my male heroes, Rohmer once advised, and goddamn right: the men in La Collectionneuse would nowadays be occupying a noxious Sub-Reddit. But it is an intriguing, witty tale, with beautifully shot golden hour photography, on Rohmer's theme of heroes who narrate and misunderstand their own lives. Say what you want about Haydee—compared to an older man on permanent vacation, she's the more honest.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    I’m working through the Moral Tales with a friend and I can understand why a certain kind of pretentious wanky male of the day would've thought these are great, but . . . But so many years on? Time has not been kind to these films. Or to this kind of wanker. And yet they persist. The male Nouvelle Vague should have stopped at admiring Little Fugitive and not bothered with theorizing and filmmaking. *Long live Agnès!*

  • dionysus67's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Unclassified blasé nymph raises the bar of temptation for Rousseauesque antique dealer, who is thoroughly absorbed in his amour-de-soi. As a test on free will the act of controlled resistance is worthy but also self-defeating, pretty much along the lines of other Rohmer heroes/heroines. Unique in its capacity to instill to natural settings a theological imagery, this is a film of sheer artistic brilliance and wit.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Refined cinema that subtly works on multiple layers, touching upon various matters - but on the most part it focuses on our very nature and substance: desire, romance, the urge to control and judge others.. Intelligent and observant, daring to explore the darker aspects of our psyche and the driving forces behind it. The cinematography isn't impressive, some of the characters rather shallow and slightly annoying.

  • Renton47's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    The imbecile occupants of the villa incorrectly identify sex and hostility as a threat to their idleness, as opposed to a consequence of it. The narration is key for Rohmer to have us identify so closely with Adrien while simultaneously understanding the hypocrisy at his heart; that his intentions are the opposite of his words. Vibrant gorgeous colours, that quiet at the end couldn't be more damning.

  • josé neves's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Ah, the sunny cinematography of Nestor Almendros! Re-rating a film that this time seemed to be much more appealing than before, for its pleasure of romanesque and the contradictory play of it. Between the off and the in, the image is the solar pacification of a drama's archetype not dramatized, ie,not interiorised, and here lies the game conductor's mastery: we can't always get what we play, but cinema can.

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