The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

Rating - double digits

And so we find ourselves at the latter end of Kieslowski's filmography, as he makes his transition from Poland to France via the bridge of cinema.

Additionally, although there are some episodes of Dekalog where he has a female protagonist, correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the first feature. I've been pondering why this might be and it may require some further reflection.

The Double Life of Véronique exemplifies Kieslowski's ability to take the audience through his story on his terms. In this film, he gives the audience an important plot point fairly early which seems very obvious. Yet, due to the way he builds the narrative, I almost forgot it happened. The execution of what I consider to be the focal point of this film is almost unbearable, with Irène Jacob displaying supreme acting skills throughout.

The raw emotion is always carefully delivered, clearly allowing Jacob to perform her role her way. The personal touches shine through the entire production, making it nearly impossible not to be entranced with both Weronika and Véronique.

With the knowledge of where I'm heading next, I feel a strange hesitation to jump straight into the Three Colours trilogy. The lure will be impossible to stop this for long, but the fact that this was Kieslowski's final work is ... depressing.

Nevermind, onwards we roll. I adore this film and it will stay with me for a lifetime.

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