La Collectionneuse (1967)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Alternate title:  The Collector

France, 1967, .  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer, dialogue by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Film Editing by .

Another sun-drenched tale of morality, this time set at a vacation home on the Mediterranean. looks forward to a calm and restful summer during which he has pledged to his housemate  that he is going to do absolutely nothing: wake up early for swims every morning and catch up on his sleeping and reading for the rest of the day. His idyll is interrupted when the owner of the villa he is staying at invites a promiscuous young girl () to stay at the chateau and Bauchau watches as she spends the entire summer bringing home all manner of boys with whom she has affairs, including his buddy Daniel. Bauchau tries to be above it all with his world-weary admonishments, but it soon becomes clear that he would like to be a part of her collection and is doing a poorer and poorer job of hiding his desire. The longer scenes of intellectual conversation will be too dry for some audience members, but this lovely Rohmer film is blessed with his typical talent for delicate sexiness and intelligent, subtle humour.

The Criterion Collection:  #346

Venice Film Festival: In Competition


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