Sunday, June 15, 2008
Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique" (1991)
The Double Life of Veronique is a wildly original and great effort from director Krzysztof Kieslowski. The main idea to this film is that two women, one in France and one in Poland, who don't know each other are aware of one another's existence and essential the same person. Or something like that. This story's main concept really isn't too difficult, it's just played out strange. It is fairly original and well done though.
The most impressive things here were really just Irene Jacob's brilliant double performance. It was a very emotional effort and she nailed it perfectly. One of the other things I ended up loving was Kieslowski directing style. This was the film I had seen by him and I was thoroughly impressed with it. The film had this very dark feeling thanks to the colors. It seemed somewhat Bava-esque in a way, using a certain group of colors on one location and another set at another. All in all, there's not much for me to really say on this film. I really did enjoy it a lot. It's a beautiful film, very poetic, very emotional. If something like that doesn't really appeal to your tastes, you might not want to bother watching this film. As good as this film was and as heralded by critics as it was, it's definitely not for everyone. Although, if you typically don't watch films like these, The Double Life of Veronique would be a fine place to start.
4.5 STARS OUT OF 5