Plumb Lines

April 6, 2009

Monday Movie-Still: La Collectionneuse

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 8:13 am


“A film about boredom,” a friend of mine once said, “must necessarily be boring.” La Collectionneuse, one of Eric Rohmer’s Six Contes Moraux, isn’t boring at all. This still is an example of how Rohmer represents boredom: unboringly, unfussily, and beautifully.

David Schaengold



  1. I think you miss the point of what Rohmer is trying to do in the film. To say that something is boring is not, at least not quite, to say that it is devoid of interest. Rohmer seems to be inviting us, along with the character, to venture into boredom and see what we can gain from intentionally embracing it. For the Catholic Rohmer, boredom becomes a sort of spiritual discipline. The fact that these langorous moments start to give way to sexual interest and rivalry does not diminish the fact that much of the film is boring, and that this is precisely the point.

    Comment by Matthew Schmitz — April 6, 2009 @ 8:30 am

  2. Merriam Webster defines “boring” as “causing boredom.” It defines “boredom” as “the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest.”

    Comment by Keith Staples — April 6, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  3. This is why La Collectionneuse must turn to other more interesting matters in the latter part. The proposition of embracing boredom is an interesting one — but in the end it proves quite,well, boring. As for David’s original assertion, I agree that the film is visually beautiful, but at times it can be even more tedious than our discussion here. I also assert that Rohmer intended this.

    Comment by Matthew Schmitz — April 6, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

  4. ‘Yo mama is boring.’ Discuss.

    Comment by Keith Staples — April 7, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

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