Traumatized by her father’s death, a young professional attempts to revive her numbed feelings by performing increasingly loathsome stunts that she later obsessively watches on tape in “The Collectress.” Provocative but unappealing drama is the MFA graduation project of Lithuanian helmer Kristina Buozyte, who seems to aspire to the seductively transgressive style of Italo director Liliana Cavani. Lacking sympathetic characters, an emotional hook and ultimate catharsis, pic is likely limited to the fest circuit.
Script doesn’t clarify why its protag is so unhinged by the passing of her alcoholic, gambling-addicted father, but cool blonde Gaile (a valiant perf by looker Gabija Ryskuviene) spins out of control, hiring an alcoholic, gambling-addicted video editor (Marius Jampolskis, epitomizing shifty) to provide artsy documentation of her extreme behavior, which includes deliberately slamming the door on a small puppy and seducing her sister’s fiance. Seeing her do these things twice (as they happen and as they appear on tape) drags out the relatively short running time. HDV-shot visuals have video grain even in the non-playback scenes. Interesting orchestral score by Titas Petrikis is fine on its own terms, but doesn’t seem attuned to the action.