A film by Krzysztof Kieslowski, starring Irene Jacob as two people whose lives touch tangentially: a Polish singer Weronika and a French Veronique. One dies on stage during a performance; her existence is revealed to the other accidentally in a photograph, taken from the window of a tourist bus. They never met or spoke but came that close.

Like several Kieslowski films, it has a haunting score by Zbigniew Preisner.

Ouroboros has summed it up well below, so I don't know quite how to expand to my E1 writeup. I love Kieslowski's light and shade, the relaxed way he moves around people, and I have nothing but pleasant memories of La Double Vie de Veronique. Watching Irene Jacob having sex is rather delicious, and the puppetmaster lover of the second Veronique is a very taking young man. Lots of dimly lit naked flesh as he takes her from behind. *sigh* I'm sure there were other good scenes in it too.

The Double Life of Veronique
La Double Vie de Véronique
Podwojne zycie Weroniki

Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cinematography by Slavomir Idziak
Original Score by Zbigniew Preisner, based on the Concerto in E minor of Van den Budenmayer

Running time: 98min
Languages: Polish and French (available with English subtitles)
Year of Release: 1991

Cast (selected)
Irene Jacob as Veronika/Véronique
Wladyslaw Kowalski as Veronika's father
Jerzy Gudejko as Antek
Halina Gryglaszewska as Veronika's aunt
Janusz Sterninski in a cameo as a lawyer
Claude Duneton as Véronique's father
Philippe Volter as Alexandre Fabbri

Weronika, in Poland, is a young woman who has the unsettling feeling that she is incomplete. During a visit to her aunt in Krakow, she sits in on a rehearsal of Van den Budenmayer's choral concerto, and is invited to audition for the soprano solo. She wins the part, but in the middle of the concert falls over, dead. The film then shifts to Paris, where a young woman, Veronique attends a puppet show about a ballerina who breaks her ankle, dies, and comes back to life with wings. At this show, Veronique is struck with a feeling she describes to her father as in love with someone she does not know, the puppeteer, Alexandre. When they finally meet up, Alexandre casts doubts on the sincerity of his interest in her, admitting that she may have been a test case for the believability of a scenario he is writing.

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