The Double Life of Veronique

For a director whose visual style seems to project an interest in the gritty realism, it continues to baffle me how he favors such unrealistic performances. I felt this way of Juliette Binoche in BLUE and even more so here. Irène Jacob's performance is so over-acted and melodramatic bordering on insufferable that it was a genuine struggle to finish this film. Which is a shame, because Kieślowski's visual style always strikes me right off the bat (that is, before it is inevitably ruined by his lead actor opening their mouth). Considering how floored I've been by Binoche in the past, I can only assume that Kieślowski actively directs his performances to be this way. And if that's so, then I honestly have no interest in further exploring his work. Sorry, Dekalog.