La Collectionneuse

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This film is the third in a series by Rohmer, "Six Moral Tales." Adrien (Bachau) is the handsome young man faced with the problem of whether to sleep with Haydee (Politoff), the pretty temptress who is staying at the same boarding house during his vacation in St. Tropez. Listening to her carry on with a number of different men, he attempts to purify himself,...read more

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This film is the third in a series by Rohmer, "Six Moral Tales." Adrien (Bachau) is the handsome young man faced with the problem of whether to sleep with Haydee (Politoff), the pretty temptress who is staying at the same boarding house during his vacation in St. Tropez. Listening to her

carry on with a number of different men, he attempts to purify himself, avoiding sex and other pleasurable pursuits.

The figure of Woman here provides a vehicle for Rohmer to question notions of moral correctness. The narrative structure follows a pattern that resembles Rohmer's other films, a presentation of a threatened moral stance in which the male always opts out of taking chances for a more secure

existence. Bauchau could be criticized for being much too haughty and self-possessed to be very likable, but he is otherwise a perfect subject for Rohmer's experiment. The beautiful temptress played by Politoff is not really required to do much beyond looking nice; the camera does all the work.

Almendros captures the beauty of Politoff and the scenery with an acute sense of detail. COLLECTIONEUSE was released belatedly in the US following the tremendous success of MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S, the fourth entry in Romer's series.

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