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La Collectionneuse

(The Collector)
France 1967. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 88 min. DCP

The fourth of Rohmer’s Moral Tales (although actually made and released third, before My Night at Maud's) is set in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. There, during a tranquil summer, antique dealer Adrien and painter friend Daniel ponder the enigma of Haydée, a young, bikini-clad woman they dub “la collectionneuse” (“the collector”) because of her succession of one-night conquests. Intellectual Adrien professes to be puzzled by Haydée’s appeal and disapproving of her libertine ways; soon enough, however, he finds himself struggling to resist her charms — and attempting to rationalize his jealousy of Daniel, who has already succumbed. Rohmer’s wry and witty film, his first in colour, won a Special Jury Prize at Berlin. “The perversity of human nature and the various subterfuges of desire — themes unifying all six tales — acquire greater complexity and malignancy in La Collectionneuse" (Molly Haskell).

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"Wryly and delightfully witty."

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