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The Double Life of Veronique Details

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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

  • Release date:November 24, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Zbigniew Preisner Best Music Score 1990 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Krzysztof Kieslowski Best Foreign Film 1991 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Irène Jacob Best Actress 1991 Winner

Cast

Irène Jacob
as Weronika/Veronique
Wladyslaw Kowalski
as Veronika's Father
Guillaume de Tonquedec
as Serge
Sandrine Dumas
as Catherine
Aleksander Bardini
as Orchestra Conductor
Claude Duneton
as Veronique's Father
Philippe Volter
as Alexandre Fabbri
Halina Gryglaszewska
as Aunt
Jerzy Gudejko
as Antek
Kalina Jedrusik
as Gaudy Woman
Louis Ducreux
as Professor
Nausicaa Rampony
as Nicole
Alain Frerot
as Mailman
Lorraine Evanoff
as Claude
Boguslawa Schubert
as Woman with Hat
Wanda Kruszewska
as Lucyna Zabawa
Thierry de Carbonniere
as Professor
Philippe Campos
as Nicole Pinaud
Chantal Neuwirth
as Receptionist
Jan Sterninski
as Lawyer
Jacques Potin
as Man with Grey Coat
Bernadetta Kus
as Pauline Monier
Jacek Wojcicki
as Barbara Szalapa
Dominika Szady
as Beata Malczewska
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus
as Jean-Pierre
Youssef Hamid
as Railway Man

Crew

Krzysztof Kieslowski
Director
Leonardo de la Fuente
Producer
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Screenwriter
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenwriter
Slawomir Idziak
Cinematographer
Zbigniew Preisner
Composer (Music Score)
Jacques Witta
Editor
Patrice Mercier
Production Designer
Bernard P. Guiremand
Executive Producer
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