The Double Life of Veronique

November 22nd, 1991


The Double Life of Veronique

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Veronika lives in Poland. Veronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Veronika gets a place in a music school...

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 7.8/10 (13,866 voted)

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska

Veronika lives in Poland. Veronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Veronika gets a place in a music school, works hard, but collapses and dies on her first performance. At this point, Veronique's life seems to take a turn and she decides not to be a singer...

Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz

Irène Jacob - Weronika / Véronique
Halina Gryglaszewska - La Tante
Kalina Jedrusik - La femme barjolée
Aleksander Bardini - Le chef d'orchestre
Wladyslaw Kowalski - Le père de Weronika
Jerzy Gudejko - Antek
Janusz Sterninski - L'avocat (as Jan Sterninski)
Philippe Volter - Alexandre Fabbri
Sandrine Dumas - Catherine
Louis Ducreux - Le professeur
Claude Duneton - Le père de Véronique
Lorraine Evanoff - Claude
Guillaume de Tonquedec - Serge
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus - Jean-Pierre
Alain Frérot - Le facteur

Taglines: Each of us is matched somewhere in the world, by our exact double - someone who shares our thoughts and dreams

Release Date: 22 November 1991

Filming Locations: Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France

Gross: $1,999,955 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The text sung by Weronika in the Concert is actually the beginning of the second Chant of Dante's Paradiso: "O voi che siete in piccioletta barca, desiderosi d'ascoltar, seguiti dietro al mio legno che cantando varca, Non vi mettete in pelago, ché forse, perdendo me, rimarreste smarriti. L'acqua ch'io prendo giá mai non si corse; Minerva spira è conducemi Appollo, è nove Muse mi dimostran l'Orse." Dante, Paradiso, II, 1-9.

Continuity: When Weronika is at the window of the bus, she holds some papers up to Antek, who is on a motorcycle. The angle she's holding the papers at alternates from perfectly straight to slightly askew as the shot alternates repeatedly from back to front.

Weronika: What else do you want to know about me?
Alexandre Fabbri: Everything
Weronika: [picks up her purse and gently dumps the contents on the bed in front of him]

User Review

The most beautiful movie I've ever watched

Rating: 9/10

I still remember over 10 years ago watching this movie all alone in a theatre with no one else (Monday afternoon or some other week day time). Irene Jacob, the streets of France and Poland, the editing, the love scenes, the plastic ball reflections, and especially the music all are so beautiful that actually made me shivered and stunned.

Kieslowski's in another world now. I always worry whether it's possible to watch another movie that struck me so badly. A million thanks to him for showing me the most beautiful film of my life (probably).

p.s. this film has only been released in VHS - so ridiculous, a shame of the industry.


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