Double Life of Veronique [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

The Double Life of Véronique is the story of two young women who are -- in some mysterious and irresolvable way -- the same woman leading two different yet interconnected lives. Those familiar with Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's later "Three Colors" trilogy of Blue, White, and Red will recognize his fascination with accidental happenings and chance encounters, as well as Irène Jacob (from Red) whose performance as both Veronika and Veronique won the 1991 Cannes Film Festival award for best actress. Veronika and Véronique are born on the same day in 1966, one in Poland, the other in France. They grow up separately, unaware of each other's existence, but with the vague and rarely expressed feeling that they are "not alone." The story begins in Poland, where Veronika (like Véronique) is a talented vocalist and music student who wins a prestigious singing competition and is given the chance to perform with a local symphony. On the night of the concert, while singing a duet onstage, Veronika loses consciousness and dies. Véronique is emotionally wounded by the loss of her double and decides to end her singing career. The film charts the effect of Veronika's death on Véronique and on her dispassionate and unsatisfying relationships with men, especially her father. She is led to puppeteer and children's book author Alexandre Fabbri (Philippe Volter), whose puppet shows and stories are dramatic variants on her own mysterious problem. While looking through photographs of Véronique's trip to Poland, Fabbri discovers a picture of Veronika walking through a student demonstration in Kracow. He shows the picture to Véronique, who intuits the significance of Veronika's perfect likeness to herself. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
8/9/11 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 37 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Audio commentary featuring Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Three short documentaries by Kieslowski: Factory (1970), Hospital (1976), and Railway Station (1980)
  • The Musicians (1958): A short film by Kielslowski's teacher Kazimierz Karabasz
  • The U.S. ending
  • Kieslowski - Dialogue (1991), a documentary featuring a candid interview with Kielslowski and rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of the Double Life of Véronique
  • 1966-1988: Kielslowski, Polish filmmaker, a 2005 documentary tracing the director's work in Poland, from his days as a student through The Double Life of Véronique
  • New video interviews with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak and composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • A 2005 interview with actress Irene jacob
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney and selections from Kieslowski on Kieslowski
Number of Discs
2

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