IMDb > The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
La double vie de Véronique
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Double Life of Veronique (1991) More at IMDbPro »La double vie de Véronique (original title)

Photos (See all 11 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.9/10   22,144 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for The Double Life of Veronique on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 November 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Each of us is matched somewhere in the world, by our exact double - someone who shares our thoughts and dreams
Plot:
Weronika lives in Poland. Véronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Weronika gets a place in a music school... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, but somewhat unaffecting See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Irène Jacob ... Weronika / Véronique
Halina Gryglaszewska ... La Tante
Kalina Jedrusik ... La femme barjolée
Aleksander Bardini ... Le chef d'orchestre
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Le père de Weronika
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

Lorraine Evanoff ... Claude
Guillaume de Tonquedec ... Serge
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Jean-Pierre
Alain Frérot ... Le facteur
Youssef Hamid ... Le cheminot
Thierry de Carbonnières ... Le prof
Chantal Neuwirth ... La réceptionniste
Nausicaa Rampony ... Nicole
Boguslawa Schubert ... La femme au chapeau
Jacques Potin ... L'homme au manteau gris
Nicole Pinaud
Philippe Campos
Beata Malczewska
Dominika Szady
Barbara Szalapak
Jacek Wójcicki
Lucyna Zabawa
Wanda Kruszewska

Bernadetta Kus ... Pauline Monier
Pauline Monier

Directed by
Krzysztof Kieslowski 
 
Writing credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski  &
Krzysztof Piesiewicz 

Produced by
Ryszard Chutkowski .... executive producer: Poland
Leonardo De La Fuente .... producer
Bernard-P. Guiremand .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Zbigniew Preisner 
 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Idziak 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Caroline Castelain 
 
Production Design by
Patrice Mercier 
 
Costume Design by
Laurence Brignon 
Claudia Fellous  (as Claudy Fellous)
Elzbieta Radke 
 
Makeup Department
Iwona Maria Karpinska .... makeup artist
Jolanta Stachecka .... makeup artist
Agnès Tassel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brigitte Chaussade .... unit manager
Wlodzimierz Dziatkiewicz .... unit manager
Pierre-Yves Ferrandis .... unit manager
Christine Gaymay .... assistant unit manager
Thibault Leflaive .... unit manager
Gérard Monier .... unit manager
Laurent Salotti .... unit manager
Ryszard Straszewski .... production manager
Daniel Szuster .... production manager: France
Krzysztof Zanussi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teresa Violetta Buhl .... assistant director
Maria Czartoryska .... assistant director
Pascale Dallet .... assistant director
Serge Dupuy-Malbray .... assistant director (as Serge Dupuy Malbray)
Pascal Mounier .... assistant director
Griegorz Okrasa .... assistant director
Jacques Reboud .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Marie José Arnautin .... painter
Pascal Aubin .... painter
Benoît Barouh .... assistant decorator
Magdalena Dipont .... set dresser
Halina Dobrowolska .... assistant production designer
Emmanuelle Dubarry .... painter
Sébastien Duvernet .... painter
Denis Gautelier .... carpenter
Marie Mercier Bourboulon .... set dresser (as Marie Bourboulon)
Sylvie Salmon .... set dresser
Gilles Ségurel .... property master
Laurent Tesseyre .... assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Michèle Catonné .... sound editor
François de Morant .... sound
Roger Di Ponio .... sound
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Jullian .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Patrick Lemaire .... cable person
Mario Melchiorri .... foley artist
Didier Pêcheur .... sound
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronization engineer
Edith Vassard .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Ryszard Janikowski .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marek Arkusinski .... lighting technician
Muriel Coulin .... assistant camera
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Roland Dondin .... lighting technician
Jean-Claude Gage .... lighting technician
Patrick Gasché .... lighting technician
Dariusz Grzywacz .... lighting technician
André Haidant .... grip
Henryk Jedynak .... assistant camera
Monika Jeziorowska .... still photographer
Zygmunt Lewandowski .... grip
Rafal Okyne .... lighting technician
Andrzej Paluszynski .... dolly grip
Kazimierz Pawlak .... lighting technician
Miroslaw Sas .... grip
Albert Vasseur .... grip
 
Casting Department
Catherine Maloubier .... extras casting: France
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tomasz Kowalski .... assistant dresser
Henryk Puchalski .... assistant dresser
Wojciech Wolniak .... assistant dresser
 
Editorial Department
Aïlo Auguste-Judith .... assistant editor (as Aïlo Auguste)
Michele D'Attoma .... assistant editor
Urszula Lesiak .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Elzbieta Towarnicka .... musician: soprano
William Flageollet .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frédéric Cabaud .... administrator
Sandrine Canaux .... location manager
Alejandro de la Fuente .... production advisor
Ewa Gawlowska .... assistant interpreter
Anna Ignatiuk .... production assistant
Lucile Joly .... production assistant
Lucille Joly .... production secretary
Ruben Korenfeld .... production advisor
Anna Kowalska .... administrator
Jacek Kucharski .... stage manager: Poland
Elizabeth De La Fuente .... production advisor
Greta Lahaje .... production advisor
Marcin Latallo .... polish dialog adaptation
Stan Latek .... assistant to director
Raymond Parizer .... production advisor
Colette Pedanou-Bernasconi .... administrator
Christine Raffa-Catonné .... script supervisor (as Christine Raffa)
Euzebia Rubaszewska-Kocwin .... production assistant (as Euzebia Rubaszewska)
Bruce Schwartz .... puppet maker
Ewa Sikora .... production assistant
Agnieszka Skawinska .... production assistant
Elzbieta Slupinska .... production assistant
Jolanta Stec .... production assistant
Cécile Tostivint .... administrator
Józef Tutaj .... production assistant
Machef Wojtulewicz .... production assistant
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La double vie de Véronique" - France (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Weronika:Is that me?
Alexandre Fabbri:Of course it's you.
Weronika:Why two?
Alexandre Fabbri:Because during performances I handle them a lot. They damage easily.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Three Colors: Red (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Verso il cieloSee more »

FAQ

why did they use too much green-red colors in the all film?
See more »
30 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, but somewhat unaffecting, 16 February 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

Much of this is an adoration of French actress Iréne Jacob by Director Krzysztof Kieslowski; in a sense it is a homage to her, one of the most beautiful actresses of our time and one of the most talented. If you've never seen her, this is an excellent place to begin. She has an earnest, open quality about her that is innocent and sophisticated at the same time so that everything a man might want in a young woman is realized in her. Part of her power comes from Kieslowski himself who has taught her how she should act to captivate. He has made her like a little girl fully grown, yet uncorrupted, natural, generous, kind, without pretension, unaffected. She is a dream, and she plays the dream so well.

The movie itself is very pretty, but somewhat unaffecting with only the slightest touch of blue (when the puppeteer appears by the curtain, the curtain is blue, and we know he is the one, since she is always red). The music by Zbignew Preisner is beautiful and lifts our spirits, highlighted by the soprano voice of Elzbieta Towarnicka. But the main point is Iréne Jacob, whom the camera seldom leaves. We see her from every angle, in various stages of dress and undress, and she is beautiful from head to toe. And we see her as she is filled with the joy of herself and her talent, with the wonder of discovery and the wonder of life, with desire, and with love.

Obviously this is not a movie for the action/adventure crowd. Everything is subtle and refined with only a gross touch or two (and no gore, thank you) to remind us of the world out there. Véronique accepts the little crudities of life with a generous spirit, the flasher, the two a.m. call, her prospective lover blowing his nose in front of her... She loves her father and old people. She is a teacher of children. She climaxes easily and fully. To some no doubt she is a little too good to be true. And she is, and that is Kieslowski's point: she is a dream. And such a beautiful dream.

An actress playing the character twice in a slightly different way has occurred in at least two other films in the nineties: there was Patricia Arquette in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors (1998). It's an appealing venture for an actress of course and when the actress is as talented as these three are, for the audience as well.

Note that as Weronika/Véronique is in two worlds, Poland and France, so too has always been Kieslowski himself in his real life. It is interesting how he fuses himself with his star. This film is his way of making love to her.

Kieslowski died in 1996 not long after finishing his celebrated trilogy, Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993); Rouge (1994) and Bialy (White) (1994). We could use another like him.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (97 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Similar Movies voodoostones
What does this movie try to express? cloudkicker-1
the cigar box? and the piece of string? info-8712
What do you think are the most beautiful films? TheLampPost
The Double Life of Veronique Blu Ray!!!! ibanezman6
Who sends the string? nolan_t2000
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Truce B. Monkey As It Is in Heaven Paris 36 My Brother Is an Only Child
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.