The Double Life Of Veronique

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE is a slight, lyrical fable that benefits enormously from the charm of its star, Cannes award-winner Irene Jacob. The film introduces us to two women, both played by Jacob. Polish Veronika leaves her provincial home town and family for the city of Krakow, where she is offered a place to study singing at a prestigious music school;...read more

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THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE is a slight, lyrical fable that benefits enormously from the charm of its star, Cannes award-winner Irene Jacob.

The film introduces us to two women, both played by Jacob. Polish Veronika leaves her provincial home town and family for the city of Krakow, where she is offered a place to study singing at a prestigious music school; after suffering chest pains, she is stricken and dies onstage during her first

public performance. The action then shifts to Paris, where the French Veronique abruptly, and without explanation, abandons her own ambitions of becoming a professional singer to pursue a more modest career as an elementary school teacher, and enjoys a romantic liaison with a charming puppeteer.

(Like Veronika, Veronique also has a weak heart, but she goes for regular check-ups with a cardiologist.)

An opaque, if stylish, film, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE plays like an enigmatic warning on the dangers of excessive ambition. Though pleasing to the eye, it's not everything we would have hoped for from Kieslowski, who confirmed his status as a major contemporary filmmaker with 1988's DEKALOG, a

series of 10 hour-long works funded by Polish TV and based on the 10 Commandments. In the same year, he expanded segments five and six into two features, A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING and A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE, both of which are far more substantial than this Polish-French co-production.

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE is a slight, lyrical fable that benefits enormously from the charm of its star, Cannes award-winner Irene Jacob. The film introduces us to two women, both played by Jacob. Polish Veronika leaves her provincial home town and fa… (more)

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