The Double Life of Veronique
Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. Poland, 1991. 1h 38m. French/Polish/subs. Starring Irène Jacob, Jerzy Gudejko, Philippe Volter, Guillaume De Tonquédec, Sandrine Dumas, Lorraine Evanoff.
Veronique and Weronika lead totally separate lives in France and in Poland. The two have never met, but they are physically identical to one another, and strangely aware of each other’s presence. This elegant and mesmerising work by masterful Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski is one of his most loved films.
Irène Jacob won the Best Actress award at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival for her captivating double lead role, playing both Veronique and Weronika.
This film is being shown in conjunction with Modern Art Oxford's latest temporary exhibition Invisible Strategies and has been chosen by the artist Lubaina Himid. Tickets for this film are available at a special reduced price of £6 for adults and £5 concessions. UPP and MAO members will receive an additional £2 discount on the listed prices.
‘The elusiveness of the film is precisely the point: it is as beautiful and mysterious as a poem and its formal elegance and conviction are unarguable.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘The Double Life of Veronique is a mesmerising poetic work composed in an eerie minor key. Its effect on the viewer is subtle but very real.’ ★★★★★ Hal Hinson, Washington Post