Amplification over procrastination: searching out the possible in Va savoir

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Abstract

Jacques Rivette has frequently made films that run to a far greater length than most, even though in narrative terms his films, as he says himself, would not even stretch to feature length. As we will explore through Va savoir, Rivette is interested much more in thematic possibilities through utilizing the characters' indecisiveness over categorical characters' assured actions leading to concrete storytelling. This might at first give the impression of procrastinating characters who cannot make a decision, and to a filmmaker who cannot tell a story. But in Va savoir we can see it just as readily leading to a profound and permeating meaningfulness for the characters, and also a profound and permeating meaningfulness for the viewer.

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