The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★★

Sometimes movies aren't meant to be understood or fully grasped because like life, it doesn't always make sense; The Double Life of Veronique is a challenging but addictive film that will put you into a haunting trance because of its beautiful evanescent atmosphere—only bolstered by Kieslowski's signature aesthetic creating a transfixing metaphysical masterpiece.

Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Véronique is one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. It hypnotizes in the first five minutes and doesn't let your attention go until the end. Not one minute is wasted, not one shot feels wrong. Every tiny detail about this movie feels just so perfect.

Kieslowski's direction is assured, thought-provoking and unobtrusive, his style is distinctive and unmistakable and there are many great visual and dramatic touches that help keep the viewer fascinated. The film is very intelligently and poetically written, while the story makes the most of its ingenious concept through heavy but thought-provoking if initially perplexing use of symbolism and an atmosphere that's ethereal, hypnotic, poetic and haunting. There are many powerful and moving moments here. Irene Jacob mesmerizes in her luminously sensitive dual performance, where she shows great emotional range with two completely contrasting characters. Her Best Actress award at Cannes was more than richly deserved.

The purpose of art is often not to provide answers and be prescriptive in its implications, be they moral, social, historic or otherwise, but rather to open up new pathways and perspectives and question what we've been used to take for granted. In this respect Kieslowski succeeds indubitably and delivers a dazzling work of art to be looked at again and again.

#173 on: My Top 250 Favorite Films of All-Time

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