The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique ★★★★

An understated, hypnotic Kieslowski film that runs the gamut from eerie to joyous, but thrums with quiet pain, while radiating artistry in the imagery, music (by Zbigniew Preisner) and performance.

Irène Jacob is chokingly effective as Véronique and Weronika, sensitive, identical women who never meet, but feel an intangible connection.

It’s often plotless – and its bits of plot can feel like contrived whimsy – but it’s mesmerising too, and when it hits, it hits hard. You may know it’s coming, but when Véronique takes a closer look at those transparencies... oof.

I’d like to watch this again soon, as I’m not quite sure how to judge it: the moments of profound visual and emotional beauty (Jacob walking in the light between shadows) vs some apparent shortcomings that are more prosaic. It could end up being a favourite.

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