The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★

I don't know if I like having Letterboxd yet. For some films I'm more engaged in the film I'm watching because there's the excitement of knowing I'll be logging after.

But with some films it's harder to engage because I can't immerse myself fully in the world because I need to judge it. I'm not letting the experience be what it is. I'm thinking about my thinking of the film, which only leaves me more distant.

The Double Life is a film that needs to be felt, not critiqed or over-analyzed. Sure, there's plenty of technical aspects the brainy critic can touch on. The lighting and colour are unreal. The editing is deliberate. But here's the thing: Kieślowski didn't make this film, so you would talk about his lighting.

He's not trying to make you think something. He's trying to make you feel something.

And if you come away from this film, with NOTHING but a lot of high-brow thoughts about filmaking as a techinical pursuit, you've kind of missed the point.

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