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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
"La double vie de Véronique" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Music  |  22 November 1991 (USA)
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Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Halina Gryglaszewska ...
La Tante
Kalina Jedrusik ...
La femme barjolée
Aleksander Bardini ...
Le chef d'orchestre
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Jerzy Gudejko ...
Antek
Janusz Sterninski ...
L'avocat (as Jan Sterninski)
Philippe Volter ...
Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas ...
Catherine
Louis Ducreux ...
Le professeur
Claude Duneton ...
Le père de Véronique
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Claude
Guillaume de Tonquedec ...
Serge
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ...
Jean-Pierre
Alain Frérot ...
Le facteur
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Weronika lives in Poland. Véronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Weronika gets a place in a music school, works hard, but collapses and dies on her first performance. At this point, Véronique's life seems to take a turn and she decides not to be a singer... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Each of us is matched somewhere in the world, by our exact double - someone who shares our thoughts and dreams


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The text sung by Weronika in the Concert is actually the beginning of the second Chant of Dante's Paradiso: "O voi che siete in piccioletta barca, desiderosi d'ascoltar, seguiti dietro al mio legno che cantando varca, Non vi mettete in pelago, ché forse, perdendo me, rimarreste smarriti. L'acqua ch'io prendo giá mai non si corse; Minerva spira è conducemi Appollo, è nove Muse mi dimostran l'Orse." Dante, Paradiso, II, 1-9. See more »

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When Weronika is at the window of the bus, she holds some papers up to Antek, who is on a motorcycle. The angle she's holding the papers at alternates from perfectly straight to slightly askew as the shot alternates repeatedly from back to front. See more »

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Weronika: What else do you want to know about me?
Alexandre Fabbri: Everything
Weronika: [picks up her purse and gently dumps the contents on the bed in front of him]
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Verso il cielo
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Text from Dante Alighieri (as Dante)
Performed by Le Grand Orchestre de la Radio et Télévision Polonaise de Katowice, Choeurs Philharmonique de Silésie,
Elzbieta Towarnicka (soprano), Jacek Ostaszewski (flute)
Conducted by Antoni Wit
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Review for The Double Life of Véronique (no spoilers).
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Véronique (originally titled La Double Vie de Véronique) might be the best film in the late director's accomplished oeuvre. Perhaps most lauded for his monumental Three Colors trilogy, Kieslowski first explored themes of duality, synchronicity, and fate in this cinematic reverie. Irène Jacob, also the star of Red, handles a double role as two women cut from the same metaphysical cloth -- the Polish Veronika and the French Véronique. Her presence as both women is at once whimsically childlike and sensually melancholic; relentlessly alluring, it is easy to see why she became Kieslowski's muse. Jacob is perfectly fluid in the shift between characters, an embodiment of ideal femininity, as dreamlike as the tone of the entire film.

Actor and director are symbiotic, relying on hazy, autumnal ambiance and mood for narrative, utilizing a subtle minimalist approach to dialogue. This is fine art, unlike heavy-handed Hollywood productions. The tone is consistently ambiguous -- emotionally resonant, to be sure, but beyond a vaguely somber, wistful undercurrent, the movie allows the viewer to fill the "empty space" with his or her own thoughts and feelings. It's a true testament to Kieslowski's mastery, and few films are ever so transcendentally sublime.

The lack of this masterpiece's availability on DVD is a sad affair. There are rumors of a release in 2005, but for fans of movies like Amélie hungry for something with a little more depth, The Double Life of Véronique comes most highly recommended -- even if you have to search high and low for a copy on VHS.


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