The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★

I'm not really certain that I understood The Double Life of Veronique fully, but I suspect that the intention was not to present something so logical that it would make perfect sense, at least not after just one viewing. And I feel as though I could easily re-watch Veronique a second time sometime soon. Yes, I liked it that much.

The story, while a little tough to sort out at times, was still intriguing. Episodic in nature, the film interweaves the separate narratives somewhat, or are those jumps in time? Whatever - everything flowed pleasantly, dreamily... I found it rather intoxicating. I like to call the two threads "The Singer" and "The Marionette".

The Singer was breathtaking, as I found myself swooning to the gorgeous Veronique's angelic operatic vocals. She reminded me so much of a young Ingrid Bergman. I was crushed when I realized this segment had ended so early.

The Marionette focused on a burgeoning love relationship involving Veronique. Not quite as enthralling as The Singer, this segment was still fascinating, thanks in part to puppets - and I'm not talking about Kermit or Fozzie, either.

Even if the overall film seems a bit hazy in meaning, the beautiful visuals and classical music accompaniment are enough to tantalize this viewer.

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