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The Double Life of Veronique 1991 ****

Writer and director Krzysztof Kieslowski is best known for his sophisticated Decalogue and Three Colors meditations on morality; his 1991 film The Double Life of Veronique sees him in a different mode, weaving an elliptical narrative that reworks the idea of dopplegangers in an arty and ambiguous way. Irene Jacob plays both Weronika and Veronique, two women who live separate lives, but when Weronika dies at a concert in Poland, Veronique’s life in France takes a different direction. What all this means is up for debate, but Kieslowski’s film is undeniably beautiful to watch, with a sublime score and some subtle work from Jacob. An enigmatic film in the vein of Picnic At Hanging Rock, The Double Life of Veronique is a haunting, evasive proposition.


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