Filled with reflective surfaces and vivid colors, The Double Life of Véronique marks one of Krzysztof Kieslowski's most haunting films. Just as the director divided his time between his adopted France and his native Poland, the story involves two unrelated women who look exactly alike (both played by Red's Irène Jacob, who won the best actress award at Cannes).
The Polish Weronika, a classical singer with a heart condition, collapses during a performance, after which Kieslowski turns his gaze to the French Véronique, a music teacher who shares the same ailment (much like Kieslowski, who died after cardiac surgery in 1996). Véronique's life follows a similar track, while her affection for Alexandre (Philippe Volter), a puppeteer, suggests the working relationship between the actress and the filmmaker. It's Alexandre, after all, who draws Véronique's attention to the existence of her double (through a photograph she took on a trip to Krakow). In that sense, Kieslowski plays with art as much as identity. Instead of explaining the connection between the characters, he lets the mystery serve as its own reward.
In her commentary, Annette Insdorf (Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski) outlines the reasons she finds the film so metaphysically rich, from the insights into Kieslowski's background to Sawomir Idziak's inventive cinematography. Other extras include interviews with Jacob, Idziak, and composer Zbigniew Preisner; a featurette; a profile of the director; the alternate ending (which feels extraneous); three shorts (the best is 1980's "Railway Station," in which Kieslowski presents a throng of commuters from the perspective of a security camera operator); and an additional short ("The Musicians") about a band of factory workers by his instructor Kazimierz Karabasz. Kieslowski admired this heartfelt portrait for the way it expressed "the human need to create." --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I enjoyed this movie. The script was well written, the actors were talented, and the cinematography was very well done.Published 18 months ago by KG
Director K. Kieslowski was not exactly a prolific director, and this makes 'Double Life of Veronique' all the more precious. Read morePublished 23 months ago by FilmFan2010
Really better than the original VHS.
I hope trilogy will be available soon!
Blue, White and Red.
The late director Krzysztof Kieslowski had a magical style, and a subtle way of weaving exquisite stories with light and colour. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2007 by EA Solinas
There are several things that previous reviewers here have written that are on target as far as the "artsy" nature of the film the nature of the interaction between director and... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2007 by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Some movies inexplicably stick to your mind and make you return to them over and over again. Just like "Unbearable lightness of being" this movie posses that quality. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Annonimous
I recieved this movie with excitement only to watch it ith utter disapointment. The movie was completely detached. I prefer to feel the characters not just observe them. Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by Heather Deitchman
This is perhaps the most haunting and beautiful film ever shot. Its images breathtaking, and its storyline one of the most ambitious ever. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002