The Double Life Of Veronique Criterion Blu-ray Review

The problem (at least for a critic) with a dream-based narrative is that there is no one true definition. Even David Lynch's dream narratives (including Mullholand Dr.) has something of a through line to grasp on to, but I would suggest that Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique is maddeningly, beautifully open to interpretation. Or that is to say, I'm not completely sure what to make of it. Regardless of what it all means, or if it adds up to anything, Kieslowski's Veronique follows Irene Jacob as two versions of herself that interact (briefly), and fall in love and face mortal peril. My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray follows after the jump. Irene Jacob stars as both Weronika and Veronique. The first is a Polish girl who comes to a life of singing, though knowing that her heart is troubled when she belts one out. Though she
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Cannes film review: 'The Five Senses' Directors Fortnight

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Young Toronto director Jeremy Podeswa delivers on the promise of his debut "Eclipse", with this soulful, intricate work on longing and remorse, dissolution and regeneration.

Centered on the search for a 3-year-old girl whose disappearance links a disparate group of professionals, the film is intelligently staged, easing through the sometimes awkward shifts in tone by dramatizing its characters' recurring need for deeper personal connection and emotional fulfillment.

The worst that can be said of the film is its clear affinity with the earlier works of Atom Egoyan. (The film is produced by Egoyan's longtime collaborator Camelia Frieberg.) It suffers from the same problems that afflicted Egoyan's earlier work, a preciousness that drained the life out of his characters.

But Podeswa is a talent. He effectively introduces his varied cast, painting small, vivid strokes to suggest their internal, emotional or physical conflicts.

A French ophthalmologist (Philippe Volter) is traumatized by the gradual loss of his hearing; a message therapist (Gabrielle Rose) can't communicate with her bright though withdrawn daughter (Nadia Litz); Anna (Molly Parker) grieves over the loss of her child but remains hopeful of her return; bisexual Robert (Daniel MacIvor) tracks down his past lovers to find his need for love; and Robert Best's friend Rona (Mary-Louise Parker) must overcome a language barrier with her handsome new Italian lover to discern the authenticity of her actions.

Aided by his gifted cast and the subtle, nuanced camera work of Gregory Middleton, Podeswa works in the right moods and feelings, never forcing one viewpoint over another, but instead invests each character with a humanity, vulnerability and feeling that appears genuine and honest.

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