The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Film Club #32 (Pick by Maddy)

Recommendation by Yondu

I won't argue against the fact that "The Double Life of Veronique" has impressive visuals, from the sickly yellow-green filters, the intimate cinematography, and the use of warped, reflection-like shots, and a haunting, hypnotic soundtrack motif, but it's at the service of a botched fantasy doppelganger plot that doesn't say anything. A film with double the main character and 1/18 the characterization, the film meanders around locations and themes without exploring anything, just presenting events and trying to hypnotize the viewer. It works in some places (like the marionette scenes) but for the majority of the film it just trudges on with forced emotional manipulation and little impetus in the plot or interest in the themes. I think it's just best to bring out our guest reviewer of the evening and let her do the talking. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Ms. Bitters.

If anything good is to come out of this film...is that I now have proof that Denis Villeneuve is a hack fraud and this is just "Enemy" with girls and less spiders.

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