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


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


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In this off-beat fantasy, the life of a beautiful French woman is mirrored by that of a Polish woman. The two were born on the same day in their respective countries. They look exactly alike and their lives follow an eerily similar course. Though they never meet, each is dimly aware of the other and of the effect they have upon each other's lives.

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Irène Jacob
as Weronika / Véronique
Philippe Volter
as Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas
as Catherine
Aleksander Bardini
as Orchestra Conductor
Claude Duneton
as Le père de Véronique
Louis Ducreux
as Professor
Alain Frerot
as Mailman
Chantal Neuwirth
as Receptionist
Boguslawa Schubert
as Woman with Hat
Jacques Potin
as Man with Grey Coat
Philippe Campos
as Nicole Pinaud
Dominika Szady
as Beata Malczewska
Jacek Wojcicki
as Barbara Szalapa
Wanda Kruszewska
as Lucyna Zabawa
Bernadetta Kus
as Pauline Monier
Youssef Hamid
as Railway Man
Kalina Jedrusik
as Gaudy Woman
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Critic Reviews for La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

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

Apr 3, 2006

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

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

A mesmerizing poetic work composed in an eerie minor key.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A remarkable parable on the essential unknowability of human experience. How, outside of our homogenised worlds, the ephemera of images that we call "life" could be but a dream

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)

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.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


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.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

A visually radiant film about the universal interconnectedness of human beings. While some may be distraught by how many loose ends that Kieslowski leaves in the film, his penchant for rich storytelling will surely satisfy those viewers who choose not to ponder the metaphysical questions that this film brings up. It is contemplative, incredibly well acted, and just simply a gorgeous film to watch.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


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

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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