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The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

La double vie de Véronique (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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Janusz Sterninski ... L'avocat (as Jan Sterninski)
Philippe Volter Philippe Volter ... Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas ... Catherine
Louis Ducreux ... Le professeur
Claude Duneton Claude Duneton ... Le père de Véronique
Lorraine Evanoff ... Claude
Guillaume de Tonquédec ... Serge (as Guillaume de Tonquedec)
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Jean-Pierre
Alain Frérot Alain Frérot ... Le facteur
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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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Each of us is matched somewhere in the world, by our exact double - someone who shares our thoughts and dreams.


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Rated R for scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Poland | Norway

Language:

French | Polish | Italian

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Double Life of Véronique See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,999,955
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Dolby SR | Dolby Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

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: 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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Alternate Versions

The American version features a different ending: in the original, Véronique drives to the house where her father is still living and pauses outside to touch a tree. He realizes that she's outside and raises his head from the bench where he's working. The American version features one minute of additional footage showing the father stepping outside the house, calling his daughter, and Véronique running into his arms. Kieslowski shot the additional sequences after the film's premiere at the New York Film Festival in 1991 at the insistence of Harvey Weinstein, who at the time was president of the film's US distributor, Miramax films. See more »


Soundtracks

Verso il cielo
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Text from Dante Alighieri (as Dante)
Performed by Wielka Orkiestra Polskiego Radia Katowice (as Le Grand Orchestre de la Radio et Télévision Polonaise de Katowice), Chór Filharmonii Slaskiej (as Choeurs Philharmonique de Silésie), Elzbieta Towarnicka (soprano) and Jacek Ostaszewski (flute)
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Beautiful, but somewhat unaffecting
16 February 2000 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

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.

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