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The Double Life of Veronique

  • The Bob Baker Marionette Theater 1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 (map)

The Double Life of Veronique - (1991)
Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colors Trilogy)
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm

+ Special performance by whistler Molly Lewis
+ Marionettes Performances by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater
+ Pre and post-reception with DJ set by Mark Wright from Vidéothèque South Pasadena and Décadanse Soirée

Krzysztof Kieślowski's international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak's shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema's most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.
-- The Criterion Collection

Here is a film about a feeling. Like all feelings, it is one that can hardly be described in words, although it can be evoked in art. It is the feeling that we are not alone, because there is more than one of us. We are connected at a level far, far beneath thought. We have no understanding of this. It is simply a feeling that we have.
-- Roger Ebert

The trope of double-identity becomes a brilliant meditation on choices and alternative lives, on the presence of death which forces these choices on us, and on the terrible demands which art can make - if we choose to let it. Véronique's identity, her very existence, become vivid and deeply felt because the fable or mirage of its duality has allowed it to be questioned and examined.
-- The Guardian

Presented by La Collectionneuse & The Bob Baker Marionette Theater