Va Savoir [DVD] [2001]

French director Jacques Rivette may never gain a wide American audience, but this DVD release of Va Savoir once again shows that he doesn't make movies like anyone else. This charming and low-key picture starts out as a naturalistic slice of life and slowly (some viewers would say too slowly) evolves into a realistic but romantic screwball comedy. This Columbia TriStar DVD doesn't really have any extras over language selections and trailers, but it does feature a beautiful widescreen anamorphic transfer and a crisp, hiss-free Dolby Surround Sound audio track. The movie comes with English subtitles, but is only available with a French language track.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Audio: original language French (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections


Va Savoir
A romantic comedy from acclaimed French director Jacques Rivette (La Belle Noiseuse), this film centers on three men and three women whose lives converge during the run of a play in Paris. The star of the play, Camille (Jeanne Balibar), is returning to Paris after leaving her stuffy boyfriend Pierre (Jacques Bonaffe) and residing in Italy. Her Italian theater company has brought her to France, where the show is run by her lover, director, and co-star Ugo (Sergio Castellitto). Ugo is concerned with the show's poor attendance, but also busy searching for a long-lost play by an Italian playwright. While on his quest, he discovers the beautiful young Do (Helene De Fougerolles), a student who offers to help him. Do's mother has a library that may contain the lost play, and Ugo runs into her possessive half-sibling Arthur (Bruno Todeschini), a shady man pursuing an affair with Pierre's wife Sonia (Mariane Basler), who also has a questionable past. After a brooding dinner at Pierre and Sonia's home, tensions mount in everybody's relationships and their romantic journeys are similarly tested. A lighter work from the usually dramatic filmmaker Rivette, the film was made by the director at the amazing age of 73. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jeanne Balibar
    Jeanne Balibar - Camille
  • Sergio Castellitto
    Sergio Castellitto - Ugo
  • Marianne Basler
    Marianne Basler - Sonia
  • Hélène de Fougerolles
    Hélène de Fougerolles - Dominique "Do"
  • Bruno Todeschini
    Bruno Todeschini - Arthur
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