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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:
Split Alice See more (97 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Kieslowski originally wanted Andie MacDowell to play Veronique.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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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?
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Split Alice, 16 November 2008
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

I save films. By that I mean that some films I expect to be so precious that I want to save them for some future drought, or blue period where I need spiritual insulin. Or it may be that a valued filmmaker has died and I know there is only so much to see new and I want to pace it through my life.

Kieslowski is something of a demigod in my film world. It isn't that he has mattered so much in the sense of affecting me. Its because he can push geography with the slightest touch, infer emotional richness with the most subtle of motions, show us beauty headon — headon without artifice. His the most delicate power I know in cinema. His "Decalogue" is complex, open, engineered to be contradictory in ways that seem natural. But they are not where the real juice is. Its merely where he worked out the way to weave vision and narrative conflict with his companion and creative partner.

It's "Three Colors" where it pays off. These are miraculous and I wish them on any open soul. They will tear you gently in ways you will not notice for years, and then know all of a sudden when you meet someone.

In between "Decalogue and "Colors," we have this, essentially an adventure in moving from Polish to French vocabulary, both emotional and chromatic. Here we see some of the strokes we will encounter later, in one colored film even with the remarkable Irene. But he seems unsure here. Things aren't integrated between cinema and narrative as they were before and would be afterward. The eye doesn't inform with curious discovery, instead seems to glance around and hover.

I suppose it is because the story isn't well developed in the way that others are. The deal with Kieslowski I think (beyond the beauty) is that he is able to infer future urges that probably will loop back into places and persons we see. (He closes a very few of these ordinary loops in the third colors film). But he never closes them, not the ones that matter. So we are left with our own emotions going ahead and anticipating results that matter to us, things started and not finished, breath sent out for us to catch and breath.

This film is based on Alice in through the Lookingglass, with a number of less-than-deft fixtures to the source. He tries to build grand arcs of anticipated futures around this symmetry but they aren't fragile and supported by our wishes as we have elsewhere. I think it was simply a time of adjustment for him, and I cannot recommend this, even though I saved it for decades.

I will suggest that if you do watch it, see the same story, the same emotional effects, the same tantalizing near-closure in "Sex and Lucia" by someone less gifted with the eye, but more gifted with the mysteries of women. Watch out for the delicate tearing.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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