More than 50 years after he made his first film, Jacques Rivette, one of the pioneering figures of the French New Wave, returns with this thoughtful romantic comedy. Camille (Jeanne Balibar) is an actress who decides to leave her boyfriend… More More than 50 years after he made his first film, Jacques Rivette, one of the pioneering figures of the French New Wave, returns with this thoughtful romantic comedy. Camille (Jeanne Balibar) is an actress who decides to leave her boyfriend Pierre (Jacques Bonnaffe) and pursue a career in Italy. After three years, she comes back to Paris as the star of an Italian production of Pirandello's +As You Desire Me, in which she co-stars with Ugo (Sergio Castellitto), her director and current significant other. Pierre, meanwhile, has married Sonia (Marianne Basler). Ugo doesn't let the play's failure at the box office keep him away from his pet project while in France -- finding the manuscript to an unproduced play by Goldoni that he supposedly gave to a friend in France in the 18th century. While Ugo searches for the missing play, he's assisted by Do (Helene de Fougerolles), a young woman who is studying history and turning her obsession with brooches into a master's thesis; Ugo and Do also happen to be falling in love with one another. When not manuscript-hunting with Ugo, Do lives with her eccentric mother (Catherine Rouvel) and overprotective brother Arthur (Bruno Todeschini). When Pierre and Sonia invite Camille and Ugo to have dinner with them, the various romantic entanglements are further complicated when Pierre decides he wants to win Camille back, Ugo can't decide if he's jealous or happy about this, and Sonia becomes the target of Arthur's unsubtle attentions. Va Savoir was screened in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where the film was nominated for the Golden Palm Award.
Consensus: Constructed with grace and wit, Va Savoir is a light-hearted yet cerebral romantic comedy of intertwining relations.