The Double Life of Veronique (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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There are two women, the Polish Weronika and the French Veronique (both played by Irène Jacob). They have never met, never spoken, and do not know that the other exists. They share the same losses and the same health. Weronika is a singer, and Veronique is taking singing lessons. But their lives and souls are bound together, and their personalities are yin-yang opposites, one practical and one a stargazer.
What is more, each has the strange feeling that she is, somehow, not alone in the world. One night, Weronika dies onstage while singing. Suddenly in France, Veronique is stricken with a strange feeling, and stops taking her lessons. Weronika has died, but she still lives. Soon she begins to explore, searching for the truth about her double life, and a strange puppeteer who somehow is a link between both girls.
"Double Life of Veronique" is one of those rare films that just begs to be analyzed. Is it about being puppets in some enormous scheme of things? About fate? Sacrifice? Love? One woman's soul in two bodies? Political symbolism? Or is it simply about some mysterious dimension of the spiritual? The symbols and metaphors can be unwound any which way, and in the end they all work. Even the ending is ambiguous -- is it happy, or sad?
Krzysztof Kieslowski's direction is impeccable. His use of light and shadow, and the atmospheric music, make "Double Life" practically a work of art.Read more ›
There isn't really a plotline in this movie, but in general, it concerns the lives of two women (Veronique and Veronikka, both played by Irene Jacob) born on the same day but in different countries. Though they lead separate lives, there are parallels drawn in their existence, and their paths cross ever so briefly as the story of one woman dissolves into the story of the second. There is a distinct dreamlike quality to this film, and certainly, mood rather than narrative is the dominant driving force to the film.
Most Americans will consider this film to be a typical European "art house" film. If that is not your cup of tea, then you probably will not like this film, for it is decidedly a non-Hollywood production. Don't even bother trying to compare this film with the recent and remarkably inferior Demi Moore Hollywood film about two similar women living on separate continents; the films are nothing alike. "La double vie de veronique" is an excellent film for those who admire director Kieslowski's films or who have the patience to try something different and enlightening.
As an artist living and creating in exile Kieslowski must himself have felt divided into two parts. Modern life feeling impersonal is a classic theme of the twentieth century yet the way Kieslowski tells it it does not feel at all cliched, rather he breathes new life and new understanding into what it means to live in the modern world. His allegory presents a very high vision of humanity which makes us all feel responsible and connected to each other in some way. But the appeal of the film is that it says everything in such an intimate way. Veronique is a film which becomes richer with each viewing. Kieslowski's films tap into a very new kind of place that has no language barriers. His films return to a purity that is almost silent. A universality is present in his art that is quite breathtaking.
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Love this film, Irene Jacob is superb. The music. This film and "A short film about love" Are my favorite of Kieslowski's movies.Published 1 month ago by Zachary J Olson
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 1991 masterpiece The Double Life of Véronique (La Double vie de Véronique) is quite simply one of the most beautiful films ever made. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Film Buff
A blissful and simple girl went happily about her life/vocation until she had a fateful encounter of 'herself' from the west. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric
They made this movie to ultimately show a very young girl naked. Pure BS.Published 7 months ago by Jovert
The movie Double Life of Véronique (1991) by Krzysztof Kieślowski is a kind of European movie that raises the question rather than gives an answer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wojtek M.
One of the great pleasures of my life has been watching the films this artist left us.
The tender and thought-provoking artistic images (the film begins with one child... Read more
Veronique had very free, sensual, and dreamlike qualities. I did not find any deep meaning (nor do I require that of the films I watch). Read morePublished 9 months ago by rbrogan3
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