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

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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Cast

Wladyslaw Kowalski
as Veronika's Father
Philippe Volter
as Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas
as Catherine
Irène Jacob
as Weronika / Véronique
Aleksander Bardini
as Orchestra Conductor
W?adys?aw Kowalski
as Veronika's Father
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 (26) | Top Critics (5)

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.

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)

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

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

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

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