The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

"Why two?"
"I use them a lot. They get worn out."

We throw out "peak cinema" all the time, but this one is among a handful of movies where I actually mean it. Kieślowski is just hosting a master class on how to use every filmic aspect to your advantage.

It's the acting, it's the cinematography, lighting, colours. It's the sound design, score, and lack of sound at all. Everything is just very smart and cleverly put.

Identity is one of my favourite themes, and it's done so beautifully here. It's about finding yourself, being at peace with who you are. While focusing on a unique soul, there are also elements of feeling like there are other people out there just like yourself. I love that duality.

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