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Double Life Of Veronique, The (1991)
Genre: Drama Romance (France, Poland, Norway)
Starring: Irène Jacob (Trois Couleurs: Rouge; Othello), Jerzy Gudejko (Avalon).
Directed By: Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colours trilogy; The Decalogue)
Overview: The Polish Weronika leaves an indellible mark on the French Veronique. This is the story of how the lives of these two women who would never meet have an impact on one another.
Krzysztof Kieslowski has a style of filmmaking - in this and The Declaogue at least - that is hard to swallow for many reasons. Firstly he can be brutally violent and heart-wrenchingly bleak. Living in Poland will do that to you, fine. He is neither of these things in The Double Life of Veronique, so you're safe on that front. The other thing Kieslowski can be attributed with is having a very realistic pace to his films, a drama that is everyday, and for as many words I use to describe it in a positive light, that usually means slow.
I took Hitchcock's view to heart when he said "What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?" I like films that aren't simply two people in bed talking, even if one of them is naked while she's in said bed.
While being glad that I saw The Double Life of Veronique, it had more of an appeal on a completist level and for as much as it was a decent character study, it wasn't brilliant.
The premise here is that each person has a double, in Weronika's / Veronique's case, right down to the name. When a major event occurs in Weronika, the Polish one's life, it changes Véronique profoundly, makes her contemplative, makes her change her plan in life, and inspires her to discuss this feeling with those around her.
Each, deep down, knows the other exists. Even though they never meet, the effect is the same as the "twins separated at birth effect", for example they're both into music. The major problem I had with this tale is how I expected it to be more mirrored. We don't explore nearly enough the effect of Véronique's life on Weronika, and instead we delve ad nauseam into the profound effect the Polish Weronika had on Véronique.
Those familiar with Kieslowski's shooting style can certainly appreciate his streak here, and for as 'beautifully muted' as it is, I personally found it too slow for my liking.
Overall Rating: 72% (A Double Viewing Is Required - But Not Recommended)
Kieslowski is also a man who relies heavily on symbolism to convey his story, and The Double Life of Veronique is one of those films that need another viewing or two to truly comprehend not only fully, but properly. There are very few films I will watch again when I found it slow the first time. Lost Highway, Fight Club... these are two of the very infrequent repeated viewings the film inspired in me, but only because mysteries revealed required me to explore their hints throughout the film.
Can't win 'em all I guess...