Kris’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Stop. Nicole, you're playing off-key.”
Through the living of our existence, we have so many dreamlike experiences, experiences which, day and night, play with our concept of it all, sometimes creating paradoxical thoughts or unexplainable feelings that are often impossible to put to words...
Kieslowski dared to create an otherworldly work which left me without a breath, mindblown, it was like everything I ever wondered was felt by somebody else and expressed in a way that I can't really explain. One of the best examples for this emotion are the sex scenes that are so perfectly directed by this man. I feel that Krzysztof always invites us to look, but through a different lens, usually a physical one, lens which carries us to watch the main characters not being present, but floating on the undecipherable mysteries of existence... LIVING OFFKEY!!! FEELING DISCONNECTED? SOMEWHERE ELSE. DREAMING? OR MAYBE JUST EXISTING IN YOUR OWN MIND. FUCK.
Haven't you ever felt that way? Haven't you ever felt like you have lived this before? Haven't you ever just levitated in that state of mind? Haven't you ever stared at something for absolutely no reason, while thinking of an infinity of things?
I don't know how to explain what I felt, or the connection that just became more obvious with the passing of the runtime. I felt like I was seeing someone else live my life, in a terrifying way but also so empathic. I think that saying that this movie shows what it's to think as a human is too little for what it truly is, so I think for me this movie portrays what it is to question our own thinking as a human. AND YET IT'S TOO LITTLE!!!
You know what, 3 things:
1. Kieslowski climbs to my top 5 Directors now. I haven't seen anyone with such a talent to create things like this, the best example being the illumination throughout the whole film. Wow, it's just...mind-bending.
2. The Double Life of Veronique climbs to my top 20, what I just felt is undescribable, and I honestly think it will always be like that, and I think that it is that way for everyone who loves this movie.
3. Fuck, I've watched the opera scene at least 10 times, it's completely flawless and maybe the best I've ever seen.