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, Krzysztof Piesiewicz. Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak. Produced by Leonardo De La Fuente. Music by Zbigniew Preisner. Production Design by Patrice Mercier. Costume Design by Laurence Brignon, Claudia Fellous, Elzbieta Radke. Film Editing by Jacques Witta.
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. Irène Jacob 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