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The Double Life of Veronique (La double vie de Véronique)


Introduced by Annette Insdorf, followed by reception

Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1991, 98 mins. DCP. With Irene Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska. One of his most beloved films, Kieslowski’s international breakthrough is a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and intuition. Irene Jacob is incandescent as Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Veronique, a French music teacher. Unknown to each other, the women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieslowski cinematically explores with reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieslowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. Preceded by Concert of Requests (1967, 16 min. 35mm. With Ryszard Dembinski, Jerzy Fedorowicz, Ewa Konarska). A couchful of rowdy youths stops by a lake. They drink, play football, and horse around. One of the boys runs after the ball and sees a couple in the bushes. This student film demonstrates the development of a sensitive and singular cinematic vision.

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