Veronique is an endlessly fascinating film - thought-provoking, moving, and extraordinarily beautiful. Kieslowski never dictates to his audiences, leaving them room for their own imaginative worlds to interact with his work.. he provides inspiration but not instruction. I find in this film an exploration of the human condition - the desire to know and be known by another, the wish to be understood without question, and (perhaps) the futility of that desire.
Irene Jacob, in the bilingual double title role, is luminous, communicating more in a glance or a sigh than pages of dialogue could provide. Suddenly bereft of her feeling of not being alone in the world, she seeks someone else to know her, thinking she may have found that intuitive connection with a mysterious puppeteer, but there is little room for certainty in this imaginative, emotive, philosophical film.
Cinematographically, it is superb, every shot a glowing construction of high art, and the soundtrack goes straight to the heart. I originally saw it in the cinema and was thunderstruck. I WISH they'd release a DVD, as my video tape is wearing thin! I cannot recommend it too highly.