The Double Life of Veronique

December 31, 2007

This is my favourite Kieslowski film…I really love his other films as well but this one just has some ethereal quality.  Haunting, touching and just beautiful- every time I watch it I end up in tears.  Finally ordered it on DVD (Artificial Eye) today since it has finally been reduced- the original price of 33 Euro was a bit dear for a film I already have on tape.  It was out in cinemas in 1991 but they only released the DVD last year after what looks like a long campaign- vaguely remember putting my name down on some list about 3 years ago.  Will have to do a separate blog about all of Kieslowski’s other work but the most famous is his Three Colours Trilogy.  

Anyway, it is on Sendit.com– 2 disc with some of his shorts and an interview on the second.  The soundtrack is also worth having- some excellent music from Zbigniew Preisner who often collaborated with Kieslowski. 

Blurb from the Sendit site:
A beautiful and disquieting romantic mystery from Krzysztof Kieslowski, The Double Life of Veronique stars Irene Jacob, winner of the Cannes 1991 Best Actress award for her performance as two identical women, Veronique and Veronika, born at the same time 20 years ago in Poland and France. They are identical in every way yet share neither mother nor father. They grow up to lead eerily similar lives; both are left-handed, like to walk barefoot, have sublime singing voices, share an extraordinary musical talent and suffer from the same barely discernible heart problem. Veronika is young, romantically obsessed and on the verge of her debut as a professional singer. She is haunted by disturbing visions and by the feeling that “she is not alone”. In Paris, Veronique is consumed by the feeling that she is “missing someone”. A series of strange objects she receives leads her to pursue the mystery further. Kieslowski’s film is a cryptic and sensual tour-de-force, an enigmatic tale of love, grief and loss.

One comment

  1. Thought you might be interested in Irene Jacob doing a duet with Vincent Delerm at La Cigalle, Paris in November 2006 (see my blog). Vote please for your favourite films of Kieslowski while you’re there!

    A bientot,

    Alexandre FABBRI

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