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An Italian theatre company, on tour across Europe, comes to Paris to stage "As You Desire Me" by Pirandello. Within this company, Camille is the leading actress and companion to Ugo, the director of the play and company. She is also the only actress of French origin in the group. It is the first time she has returned to Paris since leaving Pierre three years ago. She secretly fears meeting him again, and not without reason. Ugo also has a secret. Coming to Paris is a chance for him to verify the existence of an unpublished manuscript by the great Goldoni. This search will lead him to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It lacks the scariness, the mystery, and even much of the curiosity of Rivette's better work."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Slow but savvy look at what we do for love."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Although the acting and recombinant twists of the plot dance with spontaneity, Rivette's mise-en-scène is precision exemplified."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"The result is like a formation dance performed at the speed of a chess game."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Leave it to the French to release a film that refuses to pander to the lowest common denominator."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Funny, sentimental but ironic, and wondrously assured."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A dense, droll and frequently delightful account of that zone where art and life (and love) converge."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In its artistic quality, subtle complexity, and thematic concerns Rivette's film recalls Renoir's Rules of the Game and particularly Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, which also deals with a theatrical troupe and the notion of life versus art"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's slight, contrived and conceited. But, oh, for more films as flawed as this one."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A generally wonderful experience, though it should come with a warning posted outside the theatre: Not for the impatient."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"It's a supremely smart film."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Jacques Rivette's playful romance takes time to find its feet, yet its leisurely charm and generous compassion towards its characters proves a winning combination."
‑ , Film4
"If true love is a state in which each sees the other as he or she would most want to be seen (and maybe it isn't), then Va savoir (Who Knows) is the definition of true love."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"It's possible to walk away with either a warm glow or thinking, so what? To which I'd reply by quoting the translation of the title: who knows?"
‑ Brian Walker, ViewLondon
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