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Va Savoir Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Although the acting and recombinant twists of the plot dance with spontaneity, Rivette's mise-en-scène is precision exemplified.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 12, 2007
It lacks the scariness, the mystery, and even much of the curiosity of Rivette's better work.

November 12, 2007
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.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 12, 2007
The result is like a formation dance performed at the speed of a chess game.
Emanuel Levy
February 27, 2007
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
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
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.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Leave it to the French to release a film that refuses to pander to the lowest common denominator.
| Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
December 23, 2002
It's slight, contrived and conceited. But, oh, for more films as flawed as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Walker
October 30, 2002
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 23, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Christopher Null
September 12, 2002
A curiosity that's easily forgettable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
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.
Andrew Howe
March 29, 2002
An intelligent, sophisticated hymn to modern-day relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
This might sound terribly convoluted, but on screen it plays out simply and humorously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lisa Stokes
Orlando Weekly
February 28, 2002
Rivette deftly entertains while intellectually posing conundrums and revealing the complexity of human desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 26, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2002
A generally wonderful experience, though it should come with a warning posted outside the theatre: Not for the impatient.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 10, 2002
Slow but savvy look at what we do for love.
| Original Score: B
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