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André S. Labarthe
The theatre world is a familiar setting for the films of Rivette. In Va savoir, the characters, all quick-witted, well-read and cultured types, revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romance and theft. In the end, everything lands on its feet and they all get the partner they deserve, but before then, long filmer Rivette takes two and a half hours to dwell lightly on the vicissitudes around the six protagonists. Camille is an actress with an Italian company that is in Paris to perform a play by Pirandello, Come tu mi vuoi. Her boyfriend Ugo is the director and the company's most important actor. Both have a hidden agenda for their trip to Paris: Camille meets her ex Pierre, a professor of philosophy, while Ugo is secretly researching a supposedly lost play by Goldoni. In the archives, he is assisted by the charming student Do, who steals his heart. In turn, Do has a link with Pierre: her stepbrother, the playwright Arthur, namely steals an expensive ring from ... Written by
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Cammille, what's wrong?
That's all you can say? I've never seen this, leaving before the bow on opening night. Even if you didn't like it, it's insulting!
To the public, to me, to the company, to everyone!
I didn't mean to insult anyone. I feel bad that it happened.
That's not enough. I want an explanation.
I can't explain.
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Written by Gino Paoli / Alec Wilder
Sung by Peggy Lee
Performed by Lou Levy (piano)
John Pisano (guitar)
Charles Berghofer (bass)
Stan Levey (drum)
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A very well constructed movie with good actors and the fabulously charming Jeannne Balibar.
Paris is the theater for the gathering of these ex-young characters in quest of their love destiny and unsure of their choices, still young but already delving into their past.
Her past common life with Pierre still haunts Jeanne. She has to meet him again and in so doing she is gradually going to drive others away from their certainties. Who is going to end up with whom, the questions remains open until the end?
The dialogues are very precise and shrewd and the ending reminds of one of these Pièces de Boulevard (light comedy of manners). Décors and sets are just as elegant as the actors and their costumes.
Philistines will say it is just another French flick with no apparent purpose no clearcut between good and evil... Others may see the continuation of Desplechin's movie (Ma vie sexuelle...) and of Jean Eustache's "La maman et la putain". Yes it is a genre of its own, constructed like a XIXth century novel but with very contemporary attitudes and characters. So theatrically French indeed !
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