miércoles, 29 de julio de 2009

The Double Life Of Veronique

Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the greatest filmmakers in history. His Decalogue, and Three Colors trilogy are great examples of how much better it is to use images instead of dialogue when it comes to filmmaking. But as good as this films are, this is my personal favorite, for many reasons. The story deals with two women, physically identical and of the same age, one living in France and one in Poland. The Polish one is a singer, who dies of a heart attack during one of her performances. At the same time, the French double feels something is wrong, and it sends her into a journey of self-discovery.

As I said, this movie is incredible. The imagery is strong and impactful, the cinematography composed of greens and golds, and the acting is perfect. Irene Jacob is one of the most beautiful women to ever live, and one of the most talented actress in history. Her performance carries the film. The pausing, the watery eyes, her emotions just by using her eyes and giving us a smile, it’s just one of the greatest performances ever made in the history of cinema, and I believe it could rival the ones given by Maria Falconetti in Dreyer’s Joan of Arc and Anna Karina in Vivre sa Vie. Her performance, along with the cinematography, always reduce me to tears. This is the only film in history that I’ve ever seen that constantly reduces me to tears. So stop reading this, and go watch it already!

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