The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

There is an enigmatic and fascinating curiosity at the heart of The Double Life of Veronique which virtually-delivered me into a dreamlike condition upon watching it. Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, it's a story regarding two women, neither of them knowing each other, yet one of the two unintentionally formulating all of her judgments on the parallel encounters of the other; needless to say, there are aspects which are both surreal and otherworldly functioning here.

It's deliberately paced, and while it incorporates only a negligible amount of dialogue, it manages to say more than enough through it's visual storytelling. It retains being equally evocative and poetical as it investigates themes of deep affection, awareness and individuality. It's a hauntingly expressive film about the conundrums of life; a tale of mournful yearning regarding the grand mystery of it all, and without a doubt, is a captivating masterpiece.

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