The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

The Double Life of Véronique is the most sensorial and spiritual experience I've had in a while and I was completely astonished by every single frame of this film. It has a very unique visual style, which encompasses interesting distorted shots and several colorful scenes that looked vibrant. Also, the music in this film is beautiful and very emotional, serving as a powerful companion piece to the more dramatic moments. I was always fascinated by the symbolisms and how ambiguous the characters were here. The story is essentially about these two people who feel they are somehow connected with each other's lives in an intimate but elusive way. It's just incredible how it approaches so profoundly themes like duplicity, fatherhood, the despair and regret of losing that strong bond forever and finally death.

Irène Jacob was magnificent as Weronika / Véronique, genuinely demonstrating the subtle differences between these two women she portrays. While Weronika is cheerful, focused and ethereal, Véronique is a more practical, sensuous individual who is easily influenced and manipulated by the people that surround her. Seeing these differences is crucial to have a better understanding of how the actions they take affect the course of their lives and how Véronique feels about herself by the end of the film.

The Double Life of Véronique is only my first contact with Krzysztof Kieślowski's work and it's already become one of my absolute favorites of all time! Next stop: The Three Colors trilogy.

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