Wednesday, December 07, 2011

La double vie de Véronique

If you're feeling time move too fast and want to slow things down for a while, watching this will do the trick: Krzysztof Kieślowski's La double vie de Véronique / Podwójne życie Weroniki / The Double Life of Véronique (1991).

The lush, gorgeous and reflective cinematography by Sławomir Idziak is worth the whole shebang. The film's dazzling consideration of color and light, translucent and transparent surfaces, distortion and shadow is central to the story of two women who could be identical twins, one Polish (Weroniki), the other French (Véronique). So is the ethereal soundtrack, puppetry and various memorable inside/outside settings. All done at a s-l-o-w pace.

If identical twins are separated at birth, how might their lives be similar and how will they be different? And more eerily, why (and how) are certain people (not just twins) deeply connected in ways we can't really understand?

Today's Rune: The Self.

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