The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★½

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Half life.

This is my second Krzysztof Kieślowski film and I can safely say that his style is still enigmatic to me, and in a good way because I never know how to feel after watching one. In this case it left me speechless, just shocking how a premise like this could conjure emotions outside of its spectrum. We've seen this done in comedy and family films, but never in drama with this much depth, it's a commendable piece alone for its creative execution. The visuals are a treat to anyone who loves good cinematography, the lighting and the colors made every shot look like a painting, and it's a movie you can visually distinguish at any glance.

The plot is quite wild, there's a lot to keep track of and the dialogue sounds like it was made to throw you off. The pacing is very slow so it's a bit challenging there, but once things get rolling it slowly becomes an engrossing guessing game. Irene's performance is stellar as expected, her charm is slowly growing on me and I'm looking forward to seeing more movies with her. The final act doesn't try to reward the audience too much, we're left to ponder on some ends but for the most part still gave a melancholic resolution. I'm sure the symbolism was huge too so I might have to read up some stuff on the internet to catch all of them.

Overall this was on the good side, a very unique film that delivers an interesting story in its own way, might be slow to some but at least it's beautifully shot.

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