The Double Life of Veronique / Podwójne życie Weroniki
Drama / Fantasy. Year: 1991. 1 hour 38 minutes.
Rated: M – Sex scenes & offensive language.
Polish, French, Italian with English Subtitles.
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cinematography: Sławomir Idziak
Cast: Irène Jacob / Philippe Volter / Sandrine Dumas / Halina Gryglaszewka / Wladyslaw Kowalski / Jerzy Gudejko / Claude Duneton
Best Actress (Irène Jacob), Cannes Film Festival 1991
FIPRESCI Prize, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Cannes Film Festival 1991
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Krzysztof Kieślowski), Cannes Film Festival 1991
Critics Award, Best Foreign Film, French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1992
Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colours, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.