The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★

I wasn't planning to launch straight into more Kieslowski after finishing off the Three Colours trilogy yesterday, but this arrived from the disc rental service so I thought I might as well, and I'm glad I did - I think this sneaks above Blue to be my new favourite; it's certainly even more beautiful than any of the films in that trilogy.

The way that Kieslowski uses colour and camera movement to capture the feelings of the people on screen is really incredible, and there are so many clever little moments of style here that accentuate an emotion with a clever tilt or warm lighting. Irene Jacob is even better than in Red, subtly showing the differences between Veronique and Weronika.

I did still have some of the same problems that stopped me from completely falling for any of the Colours, though. There's a strange emotional distance, even with the tactile feel that this film evokes, and the director's love for finding connections between everything and everyone can't help but feel a little forced at times, even if it's spectacular at other times.

I think I'll be puzzling this one over for a while, and I'm already looking forward to giving these films another viewing some time to see if I can break through that layer and find more of a connection to them, but for now it's enough to see a talented director working at the top of their game and creating something with almost unmatched aesthetics.