La Double Vie De Véronique (1991)

Day 5 : 06/05/2017 

La Double Vie De Véronique, Krzysztof Kieslowski

La Double Vie De Véronique tells the story of two woman who look almost exactly the same (played by hypnotizing Irene Jacob)but live separate lives in Krakow and Paris

=> and their similarity is really vague in the plotline but it also is the backbone of it. This movie emphasizes the small pleasures in life – the details that form profound feelings : the opening shot of the movie for example, is announcement of this whole idea where Weronika is singing with a choir but it starts to rain and everybody stops singings running for shelter where Weronika puts her head up to feel the rain drops completely. Because that’s where the life is hiding: in those small drops of rain.

There are many politically powerful background shots behind a dreamy, love-filled story which makes its mise-en-scene really powerful for me. This movie is definitely a cinematography lecture by Slawomir Idziak.

ALSO, So funny how Amélie got all its charm from this movie – “inspired” a little too much and most people find its style really original? The color scheme, compelling shots (motorcycle shots, the female lead who lives in her own dreamy world, the close ups…). On that note, I can’t help but look at Amélie as an experimental film now which plays on the artistic style of this movie that just goes in parallel but a different direction.

=> La Double Vie De Véronique Cinematography Journal 

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