The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★½

Krzysztof Kieślowski made an immediate and lasting impact on me with his infamous Colors Trilogy. So lasting was the impression left by these three films that  Juliette Binoche (Blue)  and Irene Jacob (Red)  both captived me and instantly became two of my favourite French actresses. Kieslowski was brilliant in drawing out the very best in them both.

It was later that I saw Irene Jacob in The Double Life of Veronique, a film marking Kieslowski’s international debut and preceding his Colors trilogy.  Jacob is mesmerizing in Veronique. Add the haunting musical theme that permeates the film and ties together the lives of these two identical Veroniques, and you have a film well deserving of its Criterion Collection status.

These is much to be said for a film that does not need to explain itself but rather relies on impression, colour, and beauty of sound, light and physical form. A beautiful and heart rending viewing experience.

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