The Complete Kieślowski 15 – The Double Life of Veronique

For the first post-Dekalog episode, Travis and Matt welcome Dave Eves and Becky D’Anna, a couple of cinephiles and Bergman experts, to discuss The Double Life of Veronique. This film was Kieślowski’s first partially French-financed movie, and the first after his newfound international fame. It was also his first movie since the fall of the Soviet Union and Poland’s emergence from behind the Iron Curtain. We discuss this momentous moment in history, one of the major signals of the end of the 20th century, along with the more intimate and personal themes of the movie’s doppelganger story. We also draw parallels between the film and Bergman’s Persona, exploring the psychological implications of the premises of each film, and the depiction of mysterious female protagonists by male directors. We hope you enjoy!

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