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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:
The Movie & the Music See more (98 total) »

Cast

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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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La double vie de Véronique" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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.
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Soundtrack:
Verso il cieloSee more »

FAQ

why did they use too much green-red colors in the all film?
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60 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
The Movie & the Music, 17 June 2002
Author: Hakon Soreide (mail@hakonsoreide.com) from Bergen, Norway

Only a few of the previous comments on this movie has mentioned the use of music. Just like in Trois Couleurs Bleu, the music of La Double vie de Véronique is very indivisible from the film: the visual and the auditive form a united whole and also elements of it are directly part of the story. And when it comes to music made for film, Zbigniew Preisner's powerful score for this one is as good as it gets.

When there is little dialogue, it is not just the images and expressions on Irène Jacob's face that tells the story, but also the powerful strains of music intermingled with it.

Even with just these elements in place, it would be a movie worth seeing, though obviously a narrative based in little extent on dialogue and with less emphasis on a clear-cut story than your average American movie is unfortunately lost on some of the earlier commentators.

And even this seemingly sparingly laid out narrative reveals itself to the careful watcher to be a rich tapestry of symbols, metaphors and hidden meanings. Kiéslowski, just as in his other movies, demands participation of the viewer, and the one who expects passive entertainment has found the wrong film to watch.

Krzysztof never liked discussing meaning when it came to his movies, but liked keeping that up to the viewers, and few other directors have ever been able to lay out more food for thought and fruitful interpretation than him.

I saw the Three Colours trilogy before seeing Véronique, and the many similarities, both musical and in visual narrative, makes it feel like it almost belongs together with those three to form a quartet. In some ways it has more in common with Blue than Red and White do.

Had Juliette Binoche also been cast in the role of Véronique, as I understand that Krzysztof originally had intended, the similarities had been even greater. She was, however, occupied with shooting Les Amants du Pont-Neuf at the time I believe, and so Krzysztof opted for the less experienced Irène. I don't think the film is any worse for it: she is brilliant, and not just a pretty face as some people put it, but a very intelligent and aware actress as anyone who has seen her interview for the Red DVD release should discover if they haven't already.

In short: a wonderful film, wonderful music, great acting. But not a movie for everyone.

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