Va Savoir (2001)



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

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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 with the show's poor attendance, but also busy searching for a long-lost play by an Italian playwright. While on his quest, he discovers the beautiful young Do (Helene De Fougerolles), a student who offers to help him. Do's mother has a library that may contain the lost play, and Ugo runs into her possessive half-sibling Arthur (Bruno Todeschini), a shady man pursuing an affair with Pierre's wife Sonia (Mariane Basler), who also has a questionable past. After a brooding dinner at Pierre and Sonia's home, tensions mount in everybody's relationships and their romantic journeys are similarly tested. A lighter work from the usually dramatic filmmaker Rivette, the film was made by the director at the amazing age of 73.
PG-13 (for brief nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Jeanne Balibar
as Camille
Catherine Rouvel
as Madame Desprez
Claude Berri
as Librarian
Emanuele Vacca
as Salesio
Paola Andrea
as La folle
Fosco Perinti
as Administrator
Enrico Marassi
as Young Man--As You Desire Me
Cesare Panzera Capitani
as Young Man--As You Desire Me
Roberto Manieri
as Young Man--As You Desire Me
Constantino Raimondi
as Young Man--As You Desire Me
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Critic Reviews for Va Savoir

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (26)

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.

January 25, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Slow but savvy look at what we do for love.

January 10, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A dense, droll and frequently delightful account of that zone where art and life (and love) converge.

November 16, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's a supremely smart film.

November 15, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A demonstration of grace and wit.

Full Review… | November 15, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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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