Why I Love Irène Jacob’s performance in The Double Life of Véronique

Sensations possess everything of a life for a time. A teacher in a school, she falls in love with a man (Philippe Volter) who performs a marionette show for the children. She confides in her aunt (Halina Gryglaszewska) about her love life and how she believes she is not alone in the world, confirmed when she witnesses herself on a coach of tourists visiting from France. The worlds of the two characters are connected by music, belying the transcendent qualities of the emotions on display. The proximity of her death…

Why I love Maggie Cheung’s performance in Irma Vep

As costume designer Zoe (Natalie Richard) tells Cheung, “I don’t like American films. Life has a funny way of imitating art. He removes Cheung from the starring role and casts a French actor named Laure (Nathalie Boutefeu) as Irma Vep. In real life, the actor would later garner international critical acclaim in future roles such as In the Mood for Love and Clean. Sonic Youth’s ‘Tunic (Song for Karen)’ foreshadows a rebellious and subversive act: “Goodbye Hollywood,” Kim Gordon sings, as Cheung finds herself in Irma Vep’s clothes, prowling the…