The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★½

Film Club #32:

I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I spent most of the film a little puzzled but interested in where it was going. Nothing necessarily confusing was going on for the most part, but there were key story moments that make those seemingly ordinary scenes hold a different meaning. I think I like this movie, it is definitely quite well made.

I first would like to applaud the use of color in this film (it is no wonder the director would go on to direct the three COLORS trilogy). Every location had a unique feel to it visually and there were many moments where subtle use of color gave shots so much more life than it would have had.

I don't necessarily want to go into plot details because something very interesting happens about 30 minutes into the movie and I feel it wouldn't be as effective if you knew it going in. All I'll say is that there is a lot of clever incorporation of the titular "Double Life" and everything really comes together by the end.

My main gripe is that the film for a portion of its runtime is quite dull. The majority of the story is days in the life of Veronique and it feels like the story moves at a very slow pace. This kind of story is generally not my type of film but it had enough interesting elements and was well made enough to hold my interest.

I'm not sure if I've fully taken in everything the film has to offer but I know I'll be thinking about it for quite some time. A very interesting pick.

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