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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Irène Jacob
Year: 1991

Friends and I are planning to get together tomorrow to watch some of the worst films ever made, so today I wanted to spare myself and balance things out by watching something I had never seen before, and also something I knew would be good. The Double Life of Veronique is a film I have known about for ages, and I think I even owned the soundtrack CD at some point, even though I hadn’t see the film at the time.

Since the first film that Krzysztof Kieslowski filmed partially outside of his native Poland, and was a sort of warm up for his Trois Couleurs trilogy, so it hold a special place in ‘90s European cinema. Because of its reputation and that of the director, critics and audiences at the time probably thought uncouth to question why the director never explains how are why there are two nearly identical women living parallel lives in Paris and Krakow. The lack of explanation is slightly annoying, but the film is really about its tone and thoughtful pacing, which is created mainly by the gorgeous cinematography and haunting soundtrack.

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