The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★½

This is a lyrical, rich, beautiful film about the interconnectioness of human beings. I must agree with Roger Ebert, this is one of the most beautifully filmed movies I have seen. The cinematography, lighting, color, are all exquisite. Kieslowski himself said the film is about "the inner life of a human being" and that's as good a description as any. This is poetry, if poetry is visual. It's moody, atmospheric and hypnotic. It draws you in, like any great work of art. It's a dream, a story about the soul of a woman, of two women, of all of us. Irène Jacob does a spectacular job as Veronique/Weronika. She basically has to carry the entire film and does it splendidly, pulling off two distinct people who must also be the same person. No wonder she was honored at Cannes for this film.

Of course, it should go without saying after that paragraph that this is strictly for the art-house crowd. Blockbuster fans should steer clear, you'll find it much too slow and opaque.

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