The Double Life of Veronique
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|Format||Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Claude Duneton, Lorraine Evanoff, Jacques Witta, Aleksander Bardini, Sandrine Dumas, Jerzy Gudejko, Louis Ducreux, Kalina Jedrusik, Philippe Volter, Halina Gryglaszewska, Irène Jacob, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Ryszard Chutkowski, Janusz Sterninski, Slawomir Idziak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Leonardo De La Fuente, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Bernard-P. Guiremand See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 38 minutes|
Two women...complete strangers, but strangely linked to each other... Renowned director Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colors: Red, White and Blue) confirmed his reputation as one of cinema's visionary filmmakers with this beautifully poetic, elegantly mysterious film that ponders the nature of intuition and the metaphysical connections between people. Irene Jacob lights up the screen as both Weronika, a deeply spiritual Polish soprano, and her double, Veronique, a more earthy French music teacher. Each senses the other and is affected by each other's experiences, though they have no idea of the other's existence. Aided by a haunting operatic score, The Double Life of Veronique is a mesmerizing masterpiece of filmmaking.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 0.01 Ounces
- Director : Krzysztof Kieslowski
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : February 12, 2008
- Actors : Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik, Aleksander Bardini
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Bernard-P. Guiremand, Leonardo De La Fuente, Ryszard Chutkowski
- Studio : Homevision
- ASIN : B000XXWE1M
- Writers : Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #392,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The tender and thought-provoking artistic images (the film begins with one child discovering the stars, the other a leaf), the puzzles that can lead to light bulb moments ("so they're Doppelgangers, are they?), intensely personal intimacy (the rain scatters a chorus while one girl continues to sing) mixed with wry detached humor (was that a flasher?), the admirable moral health of the filmmaker in moments that bring everything back down to earth (I call them "Kieslowski moments"), and above all, of course, the very human feelings behind his work.
This film is not as tightly constructed as the Three Colors films, but all the artist's great strengths are on display for those who enjoy them, even if, for some, at a too leisurely pace.
I admit I find the confusion of some viewers greatly amusing. "This filmmaker has mastered the art of the feature length perfume commercial." LOL. A nice demonstration, I suppose, of what the French call "Cartesian" (as opposed to "Pascalian"), and what C.G. Jung called "Dominant Thinking" (as opposed to "Dominant Feeling"), types.
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In this case two women from two countries are followed as they make decisions that are life determining. Both women share appearances, interests and many important features to the extent that they might almost be identical twins. They also seem to be strangely aware of each other's presence but at a distance. Irene Jacob plays both roles. The issue that is explored is that, from a similar starting point in many ways, the two young women make a series of decisions that lead to utterly different conclusions.
However, this review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors. Entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review which is aimed squarely at the many supporters of this film.
Essentially, for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality.
The degree of improvement experienced from this BD will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The following technical information is intended to be a guide to aid in assessment.
The screen used for this review is only of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.
However, the contributing player is, unusually, able to separate the audio and visual HDMI signals before they leave separately to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio, not so critical in the case, delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance. Its precision is equally revealing of film scores and the musical content of this film is as mesmerising as the drama.
Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.
In summary, this BD disc offers purchasers with suitable replay equipment a significant improvement over the previous DVD in both visual and audio terms and is certainly worth considering as a viable upgrade option
Update: The disc does have some grain filtering applied (which I missed at first due to watching it with a too dark projector) which leaves some artifacting behind. If you want to see the full grain get the US Criterion disc.
Yes i do love it!