The Double Life of Véronique The Double Life of Véronique

The Double Life of Véronique

Krzysztof Kieślowski

 
The Double Life of Véronique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1991
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Polish, French
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  • Spine #359

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

Cast

Weronika/VéroniqueIrène Jacob
Alexandre FabbriPhilippe Volter
CatherineSandrine Dumas
AuntHalina Gryglaszewka
Weronika's fatherWladyslaw Kowalski
AntekJerzy Gudejko
Véronique's fatherClaude Duneton

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Annette Insdorf, author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • Three short documentary films by Kieślowski: Factory (1970), Hospital (1976), and Railway Station (1980)
  • The Musicians (1958), a short film by Kieślowski’s teacher Kazimierz Karabasz
  • Kieślowski’s Dialogue (1991), a documentary featuring a candid interview with Kieślowski and rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Double Life of Véronique
  • 1966-1988: Kieślowski, Polish Filmmaker, a 2005 documentary tracing the filmmaker’s work in Poland, from his days as a student through The Double Life of Véronique
  • A 2005 interview with actress Irène Jacob
  • New video interviews with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak and composer Zbigniew Preisner
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Jonathan Romney and selections from Kieślowski on Kieślowski

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

The Double Life of Véronique: Through the Looking Glass

By Jonathan RomneyFebruary 01, 2011

When Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique was first screened at Cannes, in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Double Life of Véronique: The Forced Choice of Freedom

By Slavoj ŽiŽekFebruary 01, 2011

This essay was originally published in the booklet accompanying the 2006 DVD release of The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kieślowski’s Muse

By Peter CowieFebruary 01, 2011

This essay was originally published in the booklet accompanying the 2006 DVD release of The . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Double Life of Véronique: Through the Looking Glass

By Jonathan RomneyFebruary 01, 2011

When Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique was first screened at Cannes, in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Double Life of Véronique: The Forced Choice of Freedom

By Slavoj ŽiŽekFebruary 01, 2011

This essay was originally published in the booklet accompanying the 2006 DVD release of The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kieślowski’s Muse

By Peter CowieFebruary 01, 2011

This essay was originally published in the booklet accompanying the 2006 DVD release of The . . . Read more »