Va Savoir (Who Knows?)


Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Magical movie, which has brilliant fun with the contrasts between film and theater, love and infatuation, reality and fantasy.
  2. It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
  3. 90
    Va Savoir has its own unhurried pace and unpredictable humor. This is the sort of comedy Robert Altman could only dream about.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    An entrancing ensemble piece, directed with calm assurance, acted by a fine ensemble, and structured and scripted with wit and precision.
  5. 90
    It's undeniably a trifle, but rarely is something like this done with such skill and, well, savoir-faire.
  6. This masterful celebration starts off slowly, even uncertainly, giving no hint of the rich and elegant exploration of love, jealousy and animal attraction it will in all good time become.
  7. 90
    Never less than witty, charming, accomplished.
  8. 90
    The film could be subtitled "Six Characters in Search of an Ending:" When they find that ending, it is gently, delightfully uplifting.
  9. 90
    Va Savoir doesn't so much flow as wander, trailing off into drama one minute, slapstick the next; it tries your patience, but ever so gently, masterfully.
  10. It may be the most serene and optimistic film Rivette has made in France. Yet even the art-house audience may undervalue it, miss the beauty, style and wit.
  11. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Souffle-light and airily playful.
  12. 83
    A vibrant, multicharacter film that entertains, disorients and enlightens.
  13. It gets frenetic, in the French way, but it never stops getting amusing. This is what happens when you let grown-ups make movies.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    This is lovely, momentous piffle.
  15. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Readily accessible, slyly subversive and perfectly delightful film.
  16. 75
    You may find Va Savoir pleasant to sit through, but will it stay with you the next morning? Who knows?
  17. 75
    The kind of movie you settle into. It's supple and sophisticated, and it's not about much. It has no message and some will say it has no point. But it is a demonstration of grace and wit.
  18. On a Paris rooftop about an hour into this 2-hour film, the tone shifts and the atmosphere lightens into giddy farce.
  19. 70
    It's an engaging diversion from a master director who, at the ripe age of 78, appears to be once again at the top of his game.
  20. Rivette keeps the life-is-a-play metaphysics to a minimum, and the cast, including Jeanne Balibar and Sergio Castellitto, is attractive.
  21. Its warm humor and love for its characters ultimately wins us over to its side.
  22. The movie's pleasures are spare, and will appeal mostly to die-hard Rivette fans and viewers with slow pulses.
  23. Before the slightly surreal (self-consciously so) climax, there are some fine set pieces, including a disastrous dinner party that amply showcases Rivette's wonderfully light directorial touch.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Jan 10, 2007
    A film for extremely patient adult viewers, it explores the dynamics of conflicted multiple love interests and how those involved get bogged A film for extremely patient adult viewers, it explores the dynamics of conflicted multiple love interests and how those involved get bogged down in taking themselves too seriously. A full 40 minutes elapses before the story's component constitute a cohesive and interesting plot. A fine film in many respects, but it simply does not contain enough content to justify its length. A single moment of pure hilarity would have done wonders. Full Review »