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Original title
Va savoir
Running time
154 min.
France France
Christine Laurent, Pascal Bonitzer, Jacques Rivette
William Lubtchansky
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Co-production France-Italy-Germany; Pierre Grise Productions / France 2 Cinéma / VM Productions / Mikado / Kinowelt
Comedy. Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Jacques Rivette's exciting and delightful romantic comedy finds the French New Wave giant on familiar territory. Namely: theater as life, life as theater, and the junction where both fold together in an expansive universe of cinematic space and time. The director of such remarkably modernist classics as Celine and Julie Go Boating and La Belle Noiseuse here takes on a story of romantically entangled Parisian actors mounting a production of Luigi Pirandello's play As You Desire Me. As lovers hop in and out of ever-shifting relationships, the production comes together and opens to mixed success. The dynamics on and off the stage, between real life and theater, begin to fuse as Rivette breaks the narrative into disjointed pieces and lifts them to a higher plane of passionate resonance. An enjoyable ride and a tremendous accomplishment from a master filmmaker. --Tom Keogh (from
2001: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
2001: César Awards: Nominated for Most Promising Actress (De Fougerolles)
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