Moral Tales: La Collectionneuse

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

Witty, philosophical, erotic, and true to life, La Collectionneuse is like a dream-vision of the summer vacation in the south of France you never had. As contradictory, sensual, and sardonic as its languid heroes, the film throws a spotlight on small moments of romantic caprice or boredom, and practically heralds the new, bohemian style of dandyism as it emerged in the ’60s: voluntary unemployment, casual sex, avant-garde philosophy, pop music, and comic books. As he staged these gorgeous Côte d’Azur-set scenes, Rohmer obsessed himself with authenticity: visual artist Daniel Pommereulle plays himself and co-wrote the dialogue with the other two leads, and the filmmaker himself called around for collectors of insect noises to find the right species for Saint-Tropez in June.

Though made third, La Collectionneuse was conceived of as Moral Tale number four; it was made with an exceptionally limited budget while Rohmer waited for Jean-Louis Trintignant to be available for My Night at Maud‘s.

Dir. Éric Rohmer, 1967, DCP, 89 min.

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