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3.9
2,638 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.

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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.

  • 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 would think these are great films, but . . . That this is still the case all these years later? Time has not been kind to these. Time has not been kind to wankers. And yet they persist. They 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    Clever, clever Rohmer. Creates superficial, vapid, emotionally immature characters that are somehow as relatable as insufferable. Playfully, deliciously, amusingly, presents them, without resorting to caricature or cheap shots. Exposes the naive, scary dangerousness of their solipsism while gently, empathetically, implicating us all. My 2nd Rohmer, and it easily lived up to the hopes he instilled in me with the 1st.

  • msmichel's rating of the film La collectionneuse

    The fourth of Rohmer's 'Moral Tales' series is an amusing quaint study of a self-absorbed self appointed moralist who along with a summer housemate calls into question the morality of a young woman also sharing the house dubbing her 'la collectionneuse'. The fact that the character has no real prospects or apparent future seems to have no bearing on his self obsession and sense of superiority making him insufferable.

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