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Rated R · 97 minutes · 1991

An exquisite enigma by Krzysztof Kieslowski (Decalogue) following the parallel lives of two 20-year-old women, one in Poland and one in France, both played by the beautiful Irene Jacob. The Polish Veronika is a talented singer with a heart condition; the French Veronique quits her voice lessons and gets involved with a puppeteer who writes children's books. Masterfully directed, this rather dreamlike 1991 French-Polish production explores a dual nature that seems to grow uncannily out of the coproduction situation itself—almost as if Kieslowski were dreaming of a resurrected artistic identity for himself as Polish state financing went the route of Polish communism. With Philippe Volter, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik, and Aleksander Bardini. In French and Polish with subtitles.
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writer: Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Producer: Bernard Guiremand and Leonardo De La Fuente
Cast: Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Claude Duneton, Guillaume De Tonquedec, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik, Aleksander Bardini, Jerzy Gudejko, Janusz Sterninski, Sandrine Dumas, Louis Ducreux, Lorraine Evanoff, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Alain Frerot, Youssef Hamid, Thierry De Carbonnieres, Chantal Neuwirth, Nausicaa Rampony, Boguslawa Schubert, Jacques Potin, Nicole Pinaud, Philippe Campos, Beata Malczewska, Dominika Szady, Barbara Szalapak, Jacek Wojcicki, Lucyna Zabawa, Wanda Kruszewska and Bernadetta Kus

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