Quick-Thoughts: Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

Screened at The Frida Cinema

“Why… why two?”

“I handle them a lot when I perform. They get damaged easily.”

More than any other cinematic portfolio out there, every time I watch a Krzysztof Kieślowski film for the first time, I feel like I am looking at colors, shadows, and lights as if I were a child again. The intensity he and his DPs bring to the visuals often appear unmatched especially during the time that they came out. No way did Jean-Pierre Jeunet not use this movie in particular as a direct inspiration for the cinematography behind his smash hit Amélie (2001).

Whether it’s in the form of a lifeless POV or a dream-replicating sequence of events, The Double Life of Véronique is very much glued to the trial-process in “death” through the eyes of God. Kieślowski aches on the importance of intimate relatability and near identicalness that come from a single creationist’s children. Perhaps he is quite literally reflecting on his own work of characters throughout the decade. Yes.

Verdict: A-

Kieślowski Ranked

“The Double Life of Véronique” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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