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

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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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Rated R for scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »

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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$1,999,955 (USA)
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Kieslowski originally wanted Andie MacDowell to play Veronique. See more »

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A heavy rainfall occurs at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately, as the camera pans up to show a large statue in the back of a pickup truck, the "rain" is revealed to be water being sprayed from the side. 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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Beautiful/Complex - An Interesting mixture
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The above statement works not only as an honest description of the film, but also of the character (or characters) portrayed by Irène Jacob. The Double life of Véronique is not a film that allows easy description, it doesn't seem to fit in to any genre or category, it is a film that must be experienced under it's own terms, as a serious, hypnotic work of art. Director Kieslowski sets up the odd dreamlike atmosphere right from the start, using mirror reflections and odd camera distortions to show us the bizarre way that Veronique/Veronika sees the world around her. The use of sepia printing also gives the film an odd distilled look, taking us right out of any "real" reality, giving each of the frames something special. The problem this creates is that it takes away any real connection we have with the characters, we never really feel anything for them or are even that concerned for their outcomes, Kieslowski moves his actors around his "stage" in the same way the marionettes are manipulated in the film, but the film works on such a subtly hypnotic level I don't think that Kieslowski ever wanted us to feel part of this world. Kieslowski follows Veronique/Veronika through Paris and Poland, intimately probing her with close, hand-held camera, the cinema-verite effect of this making the viewer feel almost like a voyeur, following the women's every movements and encounters. The Double Life of Veronique is a film that definitely deserves to be seen and requires multiple viewings if we are to get everything out of it's complex, pre-destined narrative. A film full of beautiful images and haunting moods that you'll remember long after, if only there had been a little more focus on the characters I would certainly give it a 10. Maybe my next viewing will lift its marks. 8/10


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