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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

La double vie de Veronique (original title)
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:
Halina Gryglaszewska ...
La Tante
La femme barjolée
Le chef d'orchestre
Janusz Sterninski ...
L'avocat (as Jan Sterninski)
Philippe Volter ...
Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas ...
Le professeur
Claude Duneton ...
Le père de Véronique
Serge (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ...
Alain Frérot ...
Le facteur


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Double Life of Veronique  »

Box Office


$1,999,955 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kiee'lowski features music by the fictitious Ditch composer Van De Budenmayer in this movie & Trois Colours: Bleu. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Three Colors: Red (1994) See more »


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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Poetry and Music
8 January 2003 | by (WA, USA) – See all my reviews

Like Last Year at Marienbad this is a film so beautiful that its worth viewing even if there is no meaning to it. The use of light and shadow is spectacular, the music is divine, and the camera is constantly seeking and finding beauty in every shot.

Looking at the postings so far it seems everyone has a different explanation, so I might as well throw mine into the mix. To me Veronique/Weronika are twin angels being manipulated (guided might be a better choice of word) by God (or an abstract Divine) for some unfathomable purpose. Consider the use of the puppeteer as a metaphor for the condition, look at how he says he makes two because they are fragile and break easily (just as Weronika breaks in her concert). Veronique speaks of how she always knows what to do in every situation as if her life is leading up to something. Theres a telling scene about midway through the film where Veronique walks between shadows through a slender path of light her face gazing rapturously at the the sun. Both V's appreciate and reflect the beauty around them: light, shadows, the falling rain, ... highly reminiscent to me of the 'fallen' angels in Wings of Desire.

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