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The Double Life of Véronique 15

Part of Members' Summer Selection 2024
Krzysztof Kieslowski, France, Poland, Norway, 1991, 97m.

This film was proposed by our member Ariadne Suo, who writes: '"All my life I’ve felt I was in two places at the same time. Here and somewhere else." A visual poem about doppelgängers, rebirth, and the subtle sensations you can’t quite put into words. A film about spirituality and interconnectedness of human lives that I hope to introduce to more people in this community. My favourite film by my favourite director but I’ve still never seen it on a big screen. The one time I managed to find a screening, it was cancelled half an hour before it was due to start. Kieslowski loves coincidences like this. He’d say it’s fate. But I’m determined to change that.'

Krzysztof Kieslowski's international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colours, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak's shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting, operatic score, Kieslowski creates one of cinema's most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

Irène Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska, Philippe Volter

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