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Va Savoir (2001)

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86

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 11

Constructed with grace and wit, Va Savoir is a light-hearted yet cerebral romantic comedy of intertwining relations.

88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 3

Constructed with grace and wit, Va Savoir is a light-hearted yet cerebral romantic comedy of intertwining relations.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,262

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A romantic comedy from acclaimed French director Jacques Rivette (La Belle Noiseuse), this film centers on three men and three women whose lives converge during the run of a play in Paris. The star of the play, Camille (Jeanne Balibar), is returning to Paris after leaving her stuffy boyfriend Pierre (Jacques Bonaffe) and residing in Italy. Her Italian theater company has brought her to France, where the show is run by her lover, director, and co-star Ugo (Sergio Castellitto). Ugo is concerned

Feb 26, 2002

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (11) | DVD (10)

It lacks the scariness, the mystery, and even much of the curiosity of Rivette's better work.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Funny, sentimental but ironic, and wondrously assured.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A generally wonderful experience, though it should come with a warning posted outside the theatre: Not for the impatient.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Slow but savvy look at what we do for love.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A dense, droll and frequently delightful account of that zone where art and life (and love) converge.

November 16, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a supremely smart film.

November 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Although the acting and recombinant twists of the plot dance with spontaneity, Rivette's mise-en-scène is precision exemplified.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It's an engaging diversion from a master director who, at the ripe age of 78, appears to be once again at the top of his game.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Jacques Rivette's playful romance takes time to find its feet, yet its leisurely charm and generous compassion towards its characters proves a winning combination.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The result is like a formation dance performed at the speed of a chess game.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

In its artistic quality, subtle complexity, and thematic concerns Rivette's film recalls Renoir's Rules of the Game and particularly Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, which also deals with a theatrical troupe and the notion of life versus art

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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If true love is a state in which each sees the other as he or she would most want to be seen (and maybe it isn't), then Va savoir (Who Knows) is the definition of true love.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Leave it to the French to release a film that refuses to pander to the lowest common denominator.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It's slight, contrived and conceited. But, oh, for more films as flawed as this one.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's possible to walk away with either a warm glow or thinking, so what? To which I'd reply by quoting the translation of the title: who knows?

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

For my money, this is a pretentious, overlong (150 minutes), boring film about people for whom living seems to be a chore, and human connection impossible.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

There are a number of fantastic scenes in Va Savoir, but the realities of its characters and their portrayals -- some no doubt a function of a different culture, others undercooked in any language -- undermine its effectiveness.

September 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

A curiosity that's easily forgettable.

September 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Rivette and his players know that exploring the unanswerable is where the fun and riches lie. Anyone who treasures precisely tuned direction and meaningful dialogue will agree.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An intelligent, sophisticated hymn to modern-day relationships.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This might sound terribly convoluted, but on screen it plays out simply and humorously.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Rivette deftly entertains while intellectually posing conundrums and revealing the complexity of human desires.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

For those people, like me, who do not become engaged by the rambling and plodding story that screenwriters Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent created, the film is sleep-inducing.

January 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Va Savoir

Not a particularly memorable effort by Rivette.The pacing of the film seems to be off as it results in a ponderous delivery of story and character.
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