La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) (1991)

La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

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The Double Life of Véronique is the story of two young women who are -- in some mysterious and irresolvable way -- the same woman leading two different yet interconnected lives. Those familiar with Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's later "Three Colors" trilogy of Blue, White, and Red will recognize his fascination with accidental happenings and chance encounters, as well as Irène Jacob (from Red) whose performance as both Veronika and Veronique won the 1991 Cannes Film Festival award for … More

Rating: R (Rated R for scenes of sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Krzysztof Kieslowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 21, 2006
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

Cast


as Veronika's Father

as Alexandre Fabbri

as Catherine

as Weronika / Véronique

as Orchestra Conductor

as Veronika's Father

as Le père de Véronique

as Professor

as Mailman

as Receptionist

as Woman with Hat

as Man with Grey Coat

as Nicole Pinaud

as Beata Malczewska

as Barbara Szalapa

as Lucyna Zabawa

as Pauline Monier

as Railway Man

as Gaudy Woman
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Critic Reviews for La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

We see through a glass darkly, and often confusingly, but at least we see.

April 3, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

Don't even attempt to resolve that paradox, and The Double Life of Veronique will work on its own poetic terms.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A mesmerizing poetic work composed in an eerie minor key.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It operates purely on visual juxtapositions, emotion and the presence of lead actress Irene Jacob. In its own terms, it's subtly precious.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The parts do not quite fit, and anyway this is not a puzzle to be assembled. It is a romance about those moments we all sometimes have when we think we see ourselves at a distance.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A film that washes over the viewer and invites meditative contemplation about our awareness while swimming the big river of consciousness. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 21, 2011
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Audience Reviews for La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

½

almost distractingly beautiful film. hmmm, not my fave Kieslowski, a bit vague I thought

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A strange but interesting film which unfortunately did nothing for me. It was too confusing trying to work out what was happening and when and what exactly Jacob's facial expressions were meant to represent. Left me with too many questions however the message that life is fragile and you should cherish every moment is very heart warming.

StarCrossedVoyager
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

½

Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique" is a sensitive and awe inspiring experience. Kieslowski is exploring the basic idea of the Counterpart Theory in Metaphysics. If you can grasp that theory and understand the long standing 'double' troupes (they range from Dostoyevsky's famous story 'The Double' to as recently as "Another Earth") you will begin to unlock the film. On the surface Irene Jacob is terrific and the cinematography is incredible (all those colors!). "The Double Life of Veronique" is a wonderful and complex experience that is immensely rewarding to committed viewers but beware that the film will be extremely confounding if merely 'watched.'

Also, many people think the film is not 'meant to be figured out.' I wholeheartedly disagree. I think the film fits it's pieces together quite well- but again, it goes back to Counterpart Theory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpart_theory

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Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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