The Double Life of Veronique

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In Brief: Until this past weekend, I had never seen Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and was in no way prepared for it. And on one viewing I do not really feel like I can review it — certainly I cannot in any depth. This is a strange, almost hypnotic film. It is a film with a mystery at its core, but it is not a mystery that is solved — nor is it really meant to be solved. It tells two stories, the stories of two women (both played by Irene Jacob). The stories intersect — really the stories bump into each other — but they are separate and told in two more or less consecutive parts, though the first story haunts the film. Weronika is a Polish girl. Veronique is French. They never actually meet, though Veronique captures pictures of Weronika from a tour bus. There are similarities, but the connections are subtle, even delicate. Weronika's story is a tragedy, but not one Veronique ever knows — and yet it informs her own life in ways she can't quite grasp. Neither can the viewer, but it's the overall feeling the film evokes that matters.
Genre: Drama
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Irene Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska, Philippe Volter, Jerzy Gudejko, Claude Duneton
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Double Life of Veronique Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library).  Info: 273-3332,

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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