"I could cut myself slapping that face
I was appalled and fascinated. This is what you get if you choose not to glamorize murder and beautify murderers. Nothing about this movie is nice and pretty because nothing in Fritz Honka's life was. He is an abusing alcoholic with no social boundaries or whatsoever. You don't get to see all the gore, it's more about what you hear and sometimes the gruesome things are happening outside of the frame.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Lightly based on the novel, overlong with a few good moments and shots but still - a very boring experience. Be prepared to see some not so tasty things since he is on his way to become a physician - and we are talking here about horrific healing practices from the middle ages.
Also the white western catholic male invades the arabic world, preforms his own circumcision, seduces a jewish virgin and becomes the Shah's favourie pet and the center of a religious rebellion. Sounds familiar? Anyhow - nothing like The Avatar!
About a love triangle yet not so famous as Truffauts "Jules et Jim". The girl is easy and the men obsess about that very same fact. Effectively "La collectionneuse" is about not getting the girl and not getting laid but constantly talking about it. Another Eric Rohmer, another dialogue-heavy film about moral, power and friendship, with some love somewhere hidden. The more Rohmer I get to see the more I understand french cinema in general. Especially the last 30 years of it.