The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

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I ain’t gonna lie; it took me quite a few minutes to really get into it. Maybe it’s because I was sleepy, maybe because this is my first Krzysztof Kieslowski film, I don’t know. I’m just glad I fully appreciated it by the end. To talk about this film without spoiling it a little would be a challenge. This is the closest I’ve seen, or in this case, felt fiction come to reality. It reminded me of Bergman’s Persona. I love films that challenge my intellect. It definitely calls for a rewatch to fully absorb all the hidden details that Kieslowski left here and there. There was, however, a very fine detail that I’m not sure if it was intentional or not. [Bit of a spoiler]: In the café near the end where Veronique meets Alexandre, I noticed that there was some sort of reflection on Alexandre’s shirt. I can’t really make for what it means if anything, but for now I’ll go for what my mind refuses to believe. [End of spoiler]. There is an Egyptian saying that goes something likes this: “Of resemblance, there are 40 born.” I’m thinking right now that it’s not appearances only it refers to. At the end of the day, you’d be naive to think nothing is possible simply because your limited human mind can’t process it. Think about it.

P.S. This is the first movie of many in my 10 days (now 8) self-quarantined isolation chamber until I’m covid free. You can never be careful enough. Be safe everyone. It’s not the vacation I want, but definitely the one I need right now. God knows we all do.

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