Va Savoir 2001 PG-13

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VA SAVOIR is a romantic comedy which follows three men and three women as they become entangled in each other's lives during a brief run of a play in Paris. As these six characters are drawn into an ever-increasing series of interlocking love triangles, the city of Paris serves as a sumptuous backdrop for their romantic misadventures.

Starring:
Jeanne Balibar, Marianne Basler
Runtime:
2 hours 35 minutes

Va Savoir

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Genres Drama, Romance, International, Comedy
Director Jacques Rivette
Starring Jeanne Balibar, Marianne Basler
Supporting actors Hélène de Fougerolles, Catherine Rouvel, Sergio Castellitto, Jacques Bonnaffé, Bruno Todeschini, Claude Berri, Attilio Cucari, Bettina Kee, Luciana Castellucci, Emanuele Vacca, Arturo Armone Caruso, Valeria Cavalli, Fausto Maria Sciarappa, Paolo Andrea, Christina Visentin, Fosco Perinti, Wouter Zoon, Enrico Marassi
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kaioatey on June 13, 2002
Format: DVD
I found this movie thoroughly enjoyable. The story line is simple and, in some way, rather unimportant - Camille, a well-known Parisian actress, is returning from Rome to act in front of her home audience in a play directed by her new lover Ugo. The play is Pirandello's Come Tu Mi Vuoi, a classical work (written for his lover Martha Abba) about a woman pinned between the yin and yang forces of reality and illusion. Throughout the film Rivette switches his camera between the play and Camille and Ugo's "reality" as if to ask us who are the real Camille and Ugo. What do they really want? What makes them tick? Can I, the spectator, enter their scriptless universe? Rivette (and his excellent actors) show us that delicateness can be robust and inventive, that desire for another can never be fulfilled and yet that the fulfillment does not really matter, because in the process of the struggle to achieve it we become alive and creative. What matters is style; style is substance. We are also treated to a brilliant depiction of the incestuous relationship between the Italians and the French and there is a delicious succession of nuances, hints and plays with the national stereotypes that brought many a smile to my face.
I can see why some - those used to Hollywood cliches with their happy endings and oh so predictable plots - might not find the movie to be that hot. Well, that's just too bad....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on August 28, 2005
Format: DVD
At 154 (!) minutes, "Va Savoir" could use about about 40+ minutes of judicious editing. I'm open to French cinematic experiences - there's nothing like the thrill of discovering gems like "Read My Lips" or "The Dinner Game" - but at 2 hours 30 minutes plus, director Jacques Rivette here strains the patience of even the most hardened of cinephiles.

That's not to say it isn't fun to watch Jeanne Balibar ooze her way across the screen - she's such a silky-smooth, enchanting presence. And it's a treat to see Sergio Castellitto, who was spectacular in the winning 'Mostly Martha.' And how about an actor who can play leads in German (as he did in 'Martha') and Italian and French (he does both with aplomb here in 'Va Savoir')? This is one talented guy. But condensing the film down to a tighter 1 hr 45 minutes would have greatly increased the viewing experience.

Also, viewers should take care not to get freaked out during the first 1 - 2 minutes of the film. It's in Italian, and the filmmakers (or its distributors?) don't start the subtitling until Camille (Balibar, on stage in the film, emoting in Italian) steps off stage and out of character and says "In French now." And, viola, at that point the subtitles kick in. It's a cute little effect, but it'll drive you crazy with your clicker if you're not aware of it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on June 25, 2002
Format: DVD
This film runs 154 minutes which is about the length of most epics. This however is not an epic and though an excellent story(once it gets going)it will tire and try the patience of even the most devoted Rivette loyalists. I like this film and am glad to have stayed the course with it but Rivette could have given us filmgoers a little more to look at(most shots are interiors of hotels or apartments) for those 2 1/2 hours. That said this film in every other way succeeds and on a very high level.
The story: In true new wave fashion the movie has no real starting point. The characters are at first met at some distance as we see them in their professional roles as actors. Slowly we see them in more relaxed settings and slowly we get to know them. The key word is slowly because for all the attention that must be paid the true payoffs don't start coming til approximately half way through the movie. It takes Rivette awhile (perhaps too long) to set up all the various situations/relationships but once set up the movies pace picks up. The lead actress plays a leading actress and how you feel about this movie will largely be determined by how you feel about her because everything pivots around her. The actress is not particualarly attractive and it takes awhile to begin to find her fascinating but she is that. In love with her director and in love with her ex her main emotion is indeciciveness. Not passion nor desire or anything excting just uncertainty. Interestingly however the other characters are equally indecisive. They are all indecisive in a different way and that makes this film farcical even though you rarely find yourself laughing at this human comedy. What is most memorable about the picture is how well eacg character is brought to us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. HupFons on January 2, 2008
Format: DVD
This French romantic comedy kept my interest mostly due to the twists of the various relationships and the overall fine performances by the cast. The plot/story was hard for me to follow until 30-40 minutes into the movie due to 2 factors: (1) the frequent changes between the scenes of the touring play and the off-stage lives of the main characters with the other members of the cast and (2) the very slow pace of the first part of the story. I found Jeanne Balibar's & Sergio Castellito's performances to be excellent, and that helped me to accept more easily the ambiguity of the story line. I liked the film so much that when I finished watching it once, I watched the first 30-40 minutes of it again so I could enjoy that part of the film more than I did on my first viewing. While that worked for me, I consider it to be a shortcoming of the film in general. I also think that I would have enjoyed the film more if it had been carefully edited to be about 30 minutes shorter.
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