Irène Jacob won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her dual role as both Polish soprano Weronika and her double, French schoolteacher Véronique, in this haunting tale of identity and spiritual connections.
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Often times, when a film presents itself as mysterious we react by becoming analytical, driven to solve that mystery. The beauty of this film is that it ultimately doesn't let us do that. Based on its premise, you would think of it as more fantastic prose than visual poetry. As it turns out, it's both and for that I think that this surprising, contemplative and lovely film is one of my absolute favorites.
Beautiful cinematography/mise en scene, the use of lighting to establish a surreal, otherwordly atmosphere standing out in particular. Yet despite the film's beauty and the performances, it ultimately proved to be a disappointing experience, mainly due to what I saw as Kieslowski's often naive and irritating mysticism, i.e. his belief in a world driven by a hidden interplay of destiny, secret meanings and intuitions.