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Monday, January 06, 2014

The Double Life of Véronique (1991) d. Krzysztof Kieślowski

Irène Jacob, actress in The Double Life of Veronique

Movie Review
The Double Life of Véronique (1991)
d. Krzysztof Kieślowski
Criterion Collection #359

   Some of these movies are getting watched simply because they are the oldest film on my Hulu Plus movie queue.  Kieślowski is best known for his "Colors" trilogy: Blue, Red & White, also part of the Criterion Collection.  I've seen the Colors trilogy, and the films share a common style: abstracted and elegiac, they echo work that Wim Wenders did in the same general time period and it's an influence that is clear in the films of Michel Gondry.

 Almost anything you read about The Double Life of Veronique, including laudatory critical reviews, will mention that the film makes little or no sense when you try to describe it 'in print,' and who am I to disagree with that assessment.   There is something about a film that you both want to watch enough to put on a queue AND not want to watch so much that it becomes the very last film on that same queue over a period of weeks.

  Watching the last film on a digital queue is both satisfying and exasperating at the same time.  The ability of this act to elicit both emotions simultaneously is perhaps its most distinctive feature.  At the same time, it is hard to really connect with such a film, on a personal level.

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