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Bought for My Night at Mauds/ La Collectionneuse
on 1 January 2016
An young art dealer, Adrien, goes on holiday to a villa owned by a friend called Rodolphe. Staying there already are an artist he knows, Daniel, and a girl he doesn't, called Haydee...probably some kind of muse for the person who owns the house.
We mainly see from the male perspective. The narrative is told by Adrien, who has a high opinion of himself, and who regards Haydee as an "Amoral little sl*t"...He and Daniel play mind games with each other, about who will be first to sleep with her.
It seems both men are bewitched by her, despite themselves... but all she does is sit reading magazines and interject occasionally when they tease or berate her. The behaviour they regard as slutty, was that she kept leaving to go to town with a succession of young men, and they assumed she slept with them.
A film about Stockholm syndrome perhaps, and mind games through boredom. Adrien initially goes on holiday to find total peace, quiet and indolence...but his mind/ body leads him to another path, as much as he thinks he is in control.
Also... the artist, the art dealer (and the old collector Haydee and Adrien later meet) are seen to be as amoral as they regard Haydee, despite her lack of cultural capital. They believe themselves to be on a higher plain though. Cause they are pretentious d*cks!
My night with Maud
There's lot's of talk (well, it is Eric Rohmer), there's lots of sexual politics/ philosophy. But through meeting Maud, he is intoxicated, despite himself...and this feeling spills over into being more spontaneous with Francoise, who is a Catholic like him.
As someone older than the characters in the 60s film, who has passed up numerous chances, the film for me was bitter sweet. I know these pretty charismatic women are fully aware that life is a mirage, and you have to grab the bull by the horns sometimes.
Happiness is luck. But the less chances you take, the more likely you will be marooned far from love, temporal as it may be. A film about luck/ fate and the thin line between the two.