• Director/Writer: Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Principle Actors: Irene Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, and Halina Gyrglaszewska

Basic Story Concepts

  • Two girls born in 1968 – one in France, the other in Poland
  • the title can be read as a pun in French, where the word for “w” is “double-v” and the word for “Life” is “vie.” And so, the film’s name has an alternate reading: “The double-v of Véronique”–on the one hand, evoking the Polish Weronika’s name and on the other telling us of the two vees represented by the two Veronicas.
  • Based on a story from Decalogue Nine
    • about a young woman vocalist who wants to continue singing, but has a heart-condition
  • Some consider this part of the three colors (Blue, White & Red) === Gold
  • The Film deals with things one cannot name
    • sensitivity
    • premonitions
    • intuitions, etc…
  • Film is based on the feelings & emotions of the lead character
    • making the atmosphere is so important
    • Music adds color/atmosphere
    • Brings things to the audience that they cannot see
  • 21 Cuts
    • editing is the re-discovering the soul of the film
  • 22 Minutes of Music

Cinematography

  • Slawomir Idziak, who was the cinematographer on Bleu
  • the two physical worlds are the same (Poland & France)
    • the heroine was to be the same in both countries
    • searching for a place in France that looks similar to Krakow, Poland
  • Yellow Filters
    • Avoid certain colors (blue)
    • tendency toward green & warm colors
  • Emotional Establishings
    • Emotional Establishing (shots)
      • they have little in common with the scene (action)

Meanings & Ideas

  • Mystical Perception
    • Opening scene
    • upside down – both girls with their mother
  • Look
    • meditation on Looking
      • Looking & Storytelling = Film
  • Flash Forward = temporal discontinuity
  • Poetic Storytelling & Rhyming Images
    • Polish Weronika holds the note longer than the other girls (singing in the rain)
      • she looks toward the rain – angelic image
      • sensual & mystical – body & spirit
    • fingers twine around thread
  • the lead character is aware of her image (double)
  • Visual Distortions
  • Windows
    • allowing the character to see each other, but they are quite separate
    • like the viewer and the film