The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique

Kieslowskis style is more hidden and impressionistic here. This makes way for a lot of meaningful shots and a narrative that one must make a lot of inferences from. There’s a lot of things that could be gotten from the film, the core idea of the split people across as a way to convey a connection with the world as if you were somewhere else. That idea is also driven with the relationship between veronique and the ventriloquist. She goes to him without really knowing why, and that incomprehensible feeling is connected to so much of our ideas in our mind that our conscious brain has immense difficulty describing. This feeling has been conveyed to me in kieslowskis other work as well, like the love in a short film about love, as well as feeling like a background for many of the characters throughout the decalogue. That idea is one that I have been fascinated by, it is one that includes beautiful truth of the world to me. Veronique feels connected to the world through this double, shown in the last shot of her feeling the tree. Whether the double exists or is a part of her does not entirely matter, because it is of her mind and her feelings are entirely real. My feelings on the whole idea of the double are just at the moment for me, they could change as time goes on for me possibly, due to the personal nature of it (I mean since it so represents the human mind itself, taking it apart piece by piece is very difficult and words cant completely convey all the intricacies of the mind, which also shows this film is a true testament to the beauty of film and its ability to show the mind off without limiting itself).
Kieslowskis ability to capture the characters mind is completely at play here, and it also helped by the incredible cinematography of the film. The romance is captured very sensually, the city is a yellow place of a large world of people, the ball reflects the world as she peers into it (kieslowski shows her feelings and motivations doing so in the way he masterfully can), and interactions between the characters show more than through the dialogue. It is fascinating how the visuals of the film show so much to me. Irene Jacob also was of course fantastic. The music in this film was great, especially the operatic singing and music. Really makes me appreciate the beauty of the human voice. I have to say kieslowski is one of the all time greats to me