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Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)

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

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Pascal Bonitzer (scenario), Christine Laurent (scenario) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Balibar ... Camille B.
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Sonia
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Dominique 'Do'
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Madame Desprez
Sergio Castellitto ... Ugo
Jacques Bonnaffé Jacques Bonnaffé ... Pierre
Bruno Todeschini ... Arthur
Claude Berri ... Librarian
Attilio Cucari Attilio Cucari ... Salter
Bettina Kee Bettina Kee ... Mop
Luciana Castellucci Luciana Castellucci ... Lena
Emanuele Vacca Emanuele Vacca ... Salesio
Arturo Armone Caruso Arturo Armone Caruso ... Bruno
Valéria Cavalli ... Ines
Fausto Maria Sciarappa ... Silvio
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Va Savoir (Who Knows?) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,010, 30 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$907,323, 31 March 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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.


All that it goes with it is that Sergio Castellitto in the original version is clearly fluent in french, while in the italian's he's not able to speak this language, because all the french characters seems to have the courtesy to speak italian with him. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ugo: I find that Sonia most appealing.
Cammille B.: I don't doubt it. Thanks to you, that dinner was a catastrophe.
Ugo: I don't agree. I had a good time.
Cammille B.: Not me.
Ugo: Why not?
Cammille B.: I was ashamed of you. I was ashamed all evening.
Ugo: I'm sorry. I'm an actor, not a university professor.
Cammille B.: Don't be a hypocrite. Taking that superior air, it's unbearable!
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Connections

References As You Desire Me (1932) 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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Relationship angst in Paris theatre scene
14 May 2002 | by hodo68See all my reviews

I felt I should like this film more than I did. It is set in current day Paris where a theatre troupe is putting on a Italian production. The story revolves around a French actress in the troupe who is married to the director of the theatre group who is returning to Paris for the first time in years and still has unresolved feelings for an ex who resides in the city. The acting is solid if not very good, and the plot does hold interest and hangs together well. Having said this I could not help but feel the whole thing was somewhat slight and the payoff in time (it is or seemed like a very long movie) was somewhat unjustified. In some ways the characters seemed almost distant to me, they were real but I couldnt get inside their head, which in some ways is a silly criticism because life is like that and that is not necessarily a detraction for the film but I felt as though they were drifting through a series of set pieces with not all that much at stake. Having said this it is definitely worth a look and certainly should be sought if you enjoy cinema that goes beyond the pedestrian plot lines and pyrotechnics of all too many mainstream features today.


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