As many of us discovered The Double Life of Veronique is a challenging movie to watch, internalize, and comprehend. I have found it is even more difficult to write about it.
I’ve created a 5-part blog as follows:
1. A brief biographical sketch about Krzysztof Kieslowski; Click on this link to access Section 1.
2. A short discussion of Kieslowski’s techniques and collaborations with special emphasis on Veronique; Click on this link to access Section 2.
3. A plot summary – to the extent that Veronique can be said to have a true plot; Click on this link to access Section 3.
4. A list of ideas concerning the theme of The Double Life of Veronique, basically this is a summary of what different reviewers and discussants on web sites have said the film is about. Clink on this link to access Section 4.
5. My own interpretation of what Kieslowski was trying to communicate to his audiences in Veronique and his other most important works distributed in the period from 1988 to 1994. Click on this link to access Section 5.
This project has taken much more time than I thought or intended it would. A small but significant cause of the delay in completion is certainly that typing the word Krzysztof is not a natural act for a person whose native language is American English. Another reason is that I have tried to provide numerous references for the reader who wants to do follow-up work (many of these are soft references from the web, including Wikipedia, but I don’t intend this to be a truly scholarly work so I think that is acceptable.)
The main challenge in writing however is simply that The Double Life of Veronique is a film that I believe is meant primarily for viewing. It has been hard for me to try to capture and describe the emotional impact of that viewing and translate it into rationally meaningful prose.
Links will be provided in this introduction and in each of the 5 sections allowing the reader to access any other section easily.