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Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)
"Va savoir" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  10 October 2001 (France)
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Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Camille B.
Marianne Basler ...
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Catherine Rouvel ...
Madame Desprez
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Ugo
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
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Claude Berri ...
Librarian
Attilio Cucari ...
Salter
Bettina Kee ...
Mop
Luciana Castellucci ...
Lena
Emanuele Vacca ...
Salesio
Arturo Armone Caruso ...
Bruno
Valeria Cavalli ...
Ines
Fausto Maria Sciarappa ...
Silvio
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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 Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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$43,010 (USA) (28 September 2001)

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$907,323 (USA) (29 March 2002)
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Quotes

Ugo: What is he to you, this Pierre?
Cammille B.: I lived with him before, before I - I lived with him when I was in Paris. He liked the play. He's not a bore, you know.
Ugo: No, he's a good man. How long did you live with him?
Cammille B.: Two years. Almost two years. But not quite.
Ugo: What did it do to you to see him? Do you still love him?
Cammille B.: No.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Senza Fine
Written by Gino Paoli / Alec Wilder
Sung by Peggy Lee
Performed by Lou Levy (piano)
John Pisano (guitar)
Charles Berghofer (bass)
Stan Levey (drum)
Avec l'autorisation de BMG Music Vision et d'EMI Music France
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Sophie Marceau wouldn't like it
9 December 2004 | by (Seoul, South Korea) – See all my reviews

Some years ago Sophie Marceau explained her move to Hollywood in more or less the following terms: I am tired of doing the same French movies where all in all there is a love triangle and in the end the three of them have dinner together. Well, Va savoir is exactly that kind of movie. It is more complicated because there are actually four love triangles, but yes, they all have a cake to share in the end; all the six people who were involved in the triangles. So nothing new here. The good thing, however, are the characters. Except for the brother-and-sister duo who are kind of stereotypical and possibly present the spectator with the cliché of male and female libertine Parisians, the other two couples arouse our curiosity with their insufficiencies: Camille is a little too absent-minded to be completely sane, Pierre is a typical academic dork who falls into furies of sophisticated frustration, Ugo visibly carries the burden of his unattractive appearance and compensates for it with his thick Italian accent, while Sonia obstinately tries to keep to the level of those intellectual pricks and prove how much more she knows about real life. This is a good melodrama if you like the genre. I do, and I liked it. Marceau probably wouldn't.


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