“We will die and will be free”: a gnostic reading of 'The Double Life of Véronique'

Bradatan, Costica (2014) “We will die and will be free”: a gnostic reading of 'The Double Life of Véronique'. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 19 4: 127-139. doi:10.1080/0969725X.2014.984448

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Author Bradatan, Costica
Title “We will die and will be free”: a gnostic reading of 'The Double Life of Véronique'
Journal name Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-725X
1469-2899
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0969725X.2014.984448
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 127
End page 139
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article has a dual purpose. On the one hand, I propose a Gnostic reading of Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Double Life of Véronique (1991). In this interpretation, the figure of the puppeteer, who is eventually revealed to be the maker of the film's story, stands for the Gnostic demiurge. He creates puppet-people only to discard and sacrifice them when he is done performing. On the other hand, I use the film as a springboard for launching a broader philosophical conversation, existentialist in nature, on the notion of world as farce. Participants in this conversation are figures such as Schopenhauer, Dostoevsky and Cioran. Weronika's sacrifice is discussed from these two complementary standpoints.
Keyword Gnosticism
The world as farce
Demiurge
E.M. Cioran
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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