"This is one of the most beautiful films I've seen... This whole film is a hug, the kind you share with a very good friend when you are in sympathy about something that is very important."The Double Life of Véronique (French: La double vie de Véronique, Polish: Podwójne życie Weroniki) is a 1991 film by Krzysztof Kieślowski, the director of Blind Chance and the Three Colors Trilogy. It tells the story of two women called Weronika and Véronique, from Poland and France respectively. So what’s the catch? Both women look exactly the same, share a lot of personality traits and seem to be aware of each other’s existence. However, they never interact with each other, except for a small distant scene.The movie is filmed beautifully, has an ethereal atmosphere and a beautiful main actress (Irène Jacob), so you really don’t have a reason to not watch it. Unless, of course, you dislike philosophical movies.
The film provides examples of:
- Doppelgänger / Identical Stranger: Weronika and Véronique. Of course, they’re both played by the same actress, so...
- Fake Composer: The story features recurring references to a Dutch classical composer named Van den Budenmayer, and his music is even performed in a concert. Only he never existed.
- Actually, that's part of a Mythology Gag.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Averted. Weronika has a very realistic and disturbing heart attack.
- Mythology Gag: The composer Van den Budenmayer is mentioned for the first time in an episode of The Decalogue, and again in the Blue and Red movies of the Three Colors Trilogy.
- Ominous Latin Chanting
- Psychic Link
- Shout-Out: To the Eye Scream of Un Chien Andalou.
- Show, Don't Tell: One the film's greatest strengths.