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Double Life of Veronique [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 11/21/2006
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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

Disc #1 -- The Double Life of Véronique: The Film

1. Looking [3:18]
2. Song and Passion [5:46]
3. Train to Krakow [4:19]
4. Protest in the Square [2:26]
5. Audition [4:56]
6. Antek [4:16]
7. The Concert [4:15]
8. "I'm Quitting" [6:26]
9. Marionettes and Violins [5:11]
10. "Hang Up First" [5:00]
11. Helping Out a Friend [6:22]
12. The Puppeteer's Story [5:46]
13. Dad's Fragrances [3:32]
14. Mysterious Cassette [5:08]
15. Following the Clues [7:02]
16. Véronique Flees [4:11]
17. Hotel Refuge [3:46]
18. The Contents of Her Life [7:00]
19. Véronique's Double [4:12]
20. The Return [4:30]
1. A Meditation on Filmmaking [3:18]
2. Idziak/Visual Rhyming [5:46]
3. Questioning/Music [4:19]
4. Not Political [2:26]
5. Bardini/Dark Humor [4:56]
6. Zbigniew Preisner [4:16]
7. Van Den Budenmayer [4:15]
8. Intuition and Yearning [6:26]
9. The Puppeteer/Transformation [5:11]
10. A Weak Heart/Clues [5:00]
11. Down-to-Earth/Light [6:22]
12. Metaphysical/Documentaries [5:46]
13. Irène Jacob [3:32]
14. Technology [5:08]
15. Communism and After [7:02]
16. Heightened Perception/Versions [4:11]
17. Unease in Romance [3:46]
18. Enabled to See [7:00]
19. Collaboration/Doubles [4:12]
20. U.S. Ending/Uncertainty [4:30]

Disc #2 -- The Double Life of Véronique: The Supplements

1. Universal Themes [6:37]
2. Editing, Writing, and Casting [7:40]
3. Childhood/Documentaries [10:00]
4. Communication/Close-Knit Group [10:47]
5. Censorship/Collaboration [9:23]
6. Responsibility [8:10]
1. Communist Poland [5:24]
2. Documentary Beginnings [5:20]
3. Moral Concern [6:25]
4. Hope and Disillusion [7:49]
5. Decalogue and Epilogue [5:38]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • MPAA Rating:
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 97 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 2
  • Language: French
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515020725
  • Product ID: 2647028
  • Genre: Drama

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