The Double Life of Veronique
06 Mar '17 — Architecture and interiors
Movies like Midnight in Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel highlight the cutesy-ness of European life. After living in Europe for a while, I've come to appreciate the gritty aspects far more.
Most buildings are more rundown and weathered. There are plenty of dark cavernous spaces.
The Double Life of Veronique shows the shabby chic, less idealized qualities of Continental life. Since it's produced by Europeans, there's no intention to romanticize Europe in the way American directors do. The story is about two girls, one in Poland and one in France, who look exactly alike.
I remember thinking about a potential doppelganger in the universe. When I was in kindergarten, there was a headline that some Earth-like planet was discovered within a habitable distance from a star. If there are planets out there just like Earth, there should be people living on these Earth-like planet, potentially exactly like me.
I really enjoyed the lived-in '90s interiors. The homes were bohemian in style, with plenty of plants and art effortlessly thrown together.