The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★½

And there, below, the fog. Look. It's not fog. It's really millions of little stars.

Veronique is my introduction to Kieslowski's style and has really set a bar for the rest of his filmography. It's mesmerising due to Sławomir Idziak's cinematography and Preisner's operatic, haunting music. The excellent use of colour and reflections paired with the grand score gives a real sense of awe making the film feel imposing and striking despite it's small scale. However this awe never takes away from how genuine the film feels. The story never takes leaps in explaining or sensationalising the ambigous bond and lives the two protagonists share, Paris and Krakow feel incredibly real and the characters are strong and authentic. I've barely scratched the surface of Kieslowski's work but I'm very excited to explore further.

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