The Double Life Of Veronique (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBBB

Original title:  La Double Vie De Veronique

France/Poland/Norway, 1991.  Sidéral Productions, Canal+, Zespol Filmowy “Tor”, Norsk Film.  Screenplay by Krzysztof Kieslowski, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by .  

Every single frame of Slawomir Idziak’s superb cinematography will bowl you over with its beauty. Beyond that, it also has character, depth and a stunning sense of mystery without every going overboard in its explanations. is breathtaking in an unabashedly passionate performance as one woman living two lives, one as a passionate opera singer in Krakow and the other as a more emotionally reserved musician in Paris. How these two different but identical people connect and how they differ is not a matter of Hollywood science-fiction storytelling but an exploration of the heart.  Director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ability to use film to tell such poetic tales without ever being a drag about it is a talent that is sorely missed in his absence.  Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting score is a plus.

The Criterion Collection:  #359

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actress (Irene Jacob)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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