The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★½

When I first watched The Double Life of Véronique I felt completely lost and frankly bored by its mystique. Its meaning was an abstraction I failed to grasp, and while the ethereal and dreamy atmosphere was captivating, I admittedly lost interest (perhaps due to frustration). After a much needed rewatch I see why everyone loves this film.

Sometimes I find myself unable to write about a film, simply because attempting to put into words what I just saw and felt is an impossible task I’m not articulate enough to approach. In the case of this film, I feel like attempting to explain this film and it’s effect would be doing an immense disservice to it. The Double Life of Véronique is drenched in symbolism, double meanings, and so much insight into duality, chance/fate, artistic expression, and seemingly the contrast between Eastern and Western Europe. 

I think the main reason I’m giving it a 9 for now though is because I still feel like I need to watch it again. If I’m being honest I just think there’s still so much I’m missing out on in terms of meaning and overall experience so I may wait a bit and try this one again.

9.0 / 10

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