What a beautifully radiant film. Kieslowski is one of those directors who I continually hear many praises for, and yet I have yet to dig into his films. It raises questions about fate, love, and that strive for artistic perfection. It doesn’t contain a straight forward plot by any means. It’s completely surreal storytelling that could only make sense on film. The visuals tell the story and the dialogue contains it. It’s almost Malickian in how it tells the story, only with more structure. It was a metaphor bursting off of every scene and in many ways it baffled me to what it was trying to convey. Even without grasping the metaphors in the poetic cinematography you can appreciate how beautiful and graceful it tells these two stories.
Irene Jacob is stunning. I have never seen her in anything else, but she was absolutely mesmerizing. She brings grace and charm to the screen. She was extremely well deserving of the best actress at Cannes.
The way you need to watch this film is to allow it to wash over you because it is such a warm fairytale-esque movie that will simply mesmerize you from start to finish. Since it is such a fairy tale type story I didn’t buy into a lot of the plot devices, and while I don’t think you are supposed to buy into everything from a logical standpoint. It’s a very calm driving film, and while no major events happen, it is completely intriguing and completely poetic. Kieslowski has caught my attention with this film.