The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique

Having only seen Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, before this I was not sure what to expect. Three Colours made it apparent that his ties to Poland meant a lot to him after moving on to work in France. This seemed to also be the focus of The Double Life of Veronique, the film seemed to me like a representation of Kieslowski’s French and Polish sides. Maybe he felt he was losing touch with his Polish side after leaving the country and apparently being disinterested in Polish politics. I’m not sure, but I like how personal it is.

It also shared technical similarities too, with heavy use of colours (green and yellow) throughout the film. The cinematography and music were excellent and kept me going through the first half of the film. I liked the use of reflections, and thought the double life thing was handled well, when it can be easily done so poorly.

I was quite confused as to what was going on at first. Then I realised that Weronika was speaking Polish and Veronique was speaking French, and that they were actually different people. This made me connect more with the story, which was still not very straightforward and had a few scenes that felt out of place.

Overall I liked the film and thought it was good, but it isn’t something I would feel compelled to see again.