The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

Such is the double life of _________.

Unity found in our common humanity
Servants to all the great thinkers of history
Bonded by love in a visceral harmony

We carry heavy hearts when our mothers or fathers pass from this life. Are exhilarated when our friends and family find success in their lives. We discover solace in community; laugh with our brothers when we are weary. And we look to the future where we can at last become whole: tied up in selfless care for another soul.

We are creatures that are inexplicably bound to one another.

And yet our fates are our own. The life of each of us destined to follow a distinct path that ultimately winds its way to our own unique conclusion. Life's magnificent grand finale.

These opposing realities are but some of the ideas that are gazing from beneath the almost dreamlike surface of Kieslowski's 1991 film, The Double Life of Veronique.

Veronique is a spellbinding work of art. It is a film that deserves to be experienced rather than analyzed. It is, in some respects, about us all and no one at all. To speak in detail on the specifics of this film is to immediately take its elements out of their context, and, unfortunately, in doing so, to relinquish them of all their power. So instead I will limit myself to this: Krzysztof Kieslowski, in The Double Life of Veronique, created a definitive masterpiece that stands as a testament to the power of cinematic experience.

And if you don't like it... That's fine. There's someone out there just like you.

Such is the double life of _________.

-Seth

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