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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Va Savoir (Who Knows?)" or "(Chi lo sa?)" or "Chi lo sa?" or "Va savoir +")

directed by Jacques Rivette
France / Italy / Germany


The Serb critic was in splendid form insulting Jacques Rivette over the somewhat stilted scenes of Pirandello in the festival opener, Va Savoir. (It's a good thing Simon hasn't heard Mr. Moviefone pronouncing it "Va Sav-ee-ore.") I can't imagine him getting incensed about the rest of the movie, however—an unexpectedly charmant little farce manqué about amour fou et trois couples qui—sorry, my ninth-grade French can somehow do more justice than my English to this peculiarly existential confection. Rivette regards the schisms and reconciliations and jealous longings of these six beautiful people with the most rapt attention imaginable—respecting them even when their most heartfelt conversations take place on opposite sides of closed and locked doors. Such focus in and of itself can be transporting. This is lovely, momentous piffle.

Excerpt from David Edelstein's review at located HERE



Theatrical Release: May 16th, 2001 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Sony - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Classica Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:34:05 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• 3 trailers
• one page liner insert 

DVD Release Date:
February 26th, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 28




This DVD is extremely dark... usually this indicates that no contrast boosting has been done (commonplace now). It is moderately dull with likewise colors - I believe it to be transferred progressively - there are no extras and the subtitles are a deplorable yellow. For such a modern film I would have thought the transfer could have been improved, but it is possible that the print was in this very dark condition and this is how the film is meant to look. Extras other than self promotion would be a welcome surprise from Sony. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


NOTE (Thanks Craig!): This Region 1 'Va savoir' disc is not the director's cut ('Va savoir +'), which runs 3h 40m and has only been screened publicly, to my knowledge, in Paris, for a very short run (one or two weeks) a few months following the release of the "theatrical cut." The extended version, which Rivette has spoken of as comprising the film as he intended it, has not been released anywhere on DVD yet either, so every version of 'Va savoir' currently on disc is the producers' initial theatrical cut.

The good news is that I've heard there will be a release of the '+' version in France on Region 2 sometime this year, but am uncertain as to whether it will include subs.


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