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Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)

Va savoir (original title)
Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft.

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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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Librarian
Attilio Cucari ...
Salter
Bettina Kee ...
Mop
Luciana Castellucci ...
Lena
Emanuele Vacca ...
Salesio
Arturo Armone Caruso ...
Bruno
Valéria Cavalli ...
Ines
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity | See all certifications »
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10 October 2001 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$43,010 (USA) (30 September 2001)

Gross:

$907,323 (USA) (31 March 2002)
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There are important contradictions between the french and the italian version about the two languages spoken in the movie. The original french version is totally spoken in french, except for the following italian speaking scenes:
  • just one dialogue between Jeanne Balibar and Sergio Castellitto (who dubbed himself in this version);
  • all the scenes concerning the italian play which the main characters act in.
In the italian version:
  • the dialogues involving only french actors are not dubbed and are subtitled in italian;
  • in the scenes involving Sergio Castellitto and the french cast, all the french actors are dubbed in italian with a french accent;
  • all the dialogues between Jeanne Balibar (who dubbed herself in this version) and Sergio Castellitto are in italian.


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A child and a bicycle in the background disappears between shots in the park. See more »

Quotes

Ugo: Cammille, what's wrong?
Cammille B.: Forgive me.
Ugo: 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!
Cammille B.: To who?
Ugo: To the public, to me, to the company, to everyone!
Cammille B.: I didn't mean to insult anyone. I feel bad that it happened.
Ugo: That's not enough. I want an explanation.
Cammille B.: I can't explain.
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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)
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Rivette Goes Beyond the Theatre and Art
1 June 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Jacques Rivette's acclaimed La belle noiseuse (1991) is a masterful meticulously crafted portrayal of a painter, his model, his friends and family in a complex and climactic drama. Ten years later, Rivette is even more riveting with an astonishing screenplay working again with long-time collaborating writing team of Pascal Bonitzer & Christine Laurent.

Va savoir (2001) - aka Who Knows? - is a story we have heard before of an actress dating the plays director and theatre group owner. They happen to be touring Europe and we see them in Paris, which brings back memories for Camille, the main actress. However, as we advance in the story and see the main character quirkiness, hopes, fears and dreams and feel the tension of their past, present and future love interests intertwine we enter an alluring drama way beyond conventional clichés of performing art in cinema.

A lot of details are in the screenplay with funny twists and turns, discomfort, joy, questioning and dismay. We find unconventional and uncompromising story lines that are curious and captivating. Moreover Rivette's directing and some fine acting from all the cast elevates the piece and allows tension and storytelling threads to weave a tight deliciously unpredictable narrative.

There is a play being performed that has some relevance to the world outside the theatre. The rhythms and tones of the play feel somewhat exotic performed in its native Italian in France and with more or less convincing depending on the performance night and mood. The real life events of the the characters outside the theatre are even more theatrical and has never been done quite as well, although Iñárritu's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) came close as a theatre actor backdrop. Aronofsky' Black Swan (2010) also come to mind but for dance.

Va savoir (2001) has so many interesting elements with side stories of a life that lead to prison or the central search for a unpublished and never performed play. There are many sexual and emotional tension building between the strong central and secondary characters over the course of two and a half hours and an unexpected funny and fitting finale.

Rivette's choices make the situations intense and bring the viewer into an in intellectual, emotional and physical experience of high calibre that is not quite like any other. An understated masterpiece to be enjoyed.


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