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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When I was a kid I always enjoyed playing with rubber balls, I would make them bounce as high as I could, or hit the ceiling several times in the house. My favourite was star-spangled and I loved staring through at the world upside down. After watching this I felt the urge to find it back, but the ball I've found is now old, crackled and yellowed by age. [...]
One of those timeless films that completely overwhelms you with its dream-like beauty (primarily from the perfect employment of color temperatures) and ever-creeping sadness on the part of Presnier. You never want to leave such a world of awe-inspiring grandeur, but to experience the main character's inner sorrow is too much to bear.
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.
This film is love, sex, death, sensuality, beauty, parenthood, mystery, the cinema, it is all these things at once. Irene Jacob is enrapturing in her youth and beauty. There is no other film as warm and rich and so compellingly human as The Double Life of Veronique, it is like a fond story remembered through the years.
With every shot constructed with the utmost precision & beauty, the Double Life of Veronique is an incredibly haunting & romantic film. Both a reverie on chance & coincidence and an exploration of existentialism, Kieslowski made one of his masterpieces & is one of the best artists to ever grace the art form. Irene Jacob gives a wonderful performance as well. A work of art to get lost in time after time, again & again