Va Savoir (2001)



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

Movie Info

More than 50 years after he made his first film, Jacques Rivette, one of the pioneering figures of the French New Wave, returns with this thoughtful romantic comedy. Camille (Jeanne Balibar) is an actress who decides to leave her boyfriend Pierre (Jacques Bonnaffe) and pursue a career in Italy. After three years, she comes back to Paris as the star of an Italian production of Pirandello's +As You Desire Me, in which she co-stars with Ugo (Sergio Castellitto), her director and current significant … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette, Luigi Pirandello
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2002
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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as Madame Desprez

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Critic Reviews for Va Savoir

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27)

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

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A generally wonderful experience, though it should come with a warning posted outside the theatre: Not for the impatient.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Slow but savvy look at what we do for love.

Full Review… | January 10, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Although the acting and recombinant twists of the plot dance with spontaneity, Rivette's mise-en-scène is precision exemplified.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A somewhat refreshing french stage comedy with multiple intertwined storylines (& triangles). It starts off slow (I could not finish this in one sitting), but it all fits together in the end. There are many fine performances in this mish-mash collage, but the storyline may be too jumpy for the tired.

Rivette's take on the Hollywood screwball comedy, and specifically Howard Hawks. He expertly incorporates the genre and director into his own milieu. Love how he makes Castellitto his Cary Grant and Bonnaffe his Jimmy Stewart.

GringoTex Johnson

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