By Joe Neumaier
Updated March 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

This 1995 look at the filmmaker behind The Double Life of Veronique and Red is both philosophical and frustrating, traits some have ascribed to the films of Kieslowski, who died in 1996. Made by a longtime assistant, the hour-long tete-a-tete uses clips from the Polish director’s work as signposts and is at times overwrought — an opening segment has a clairvoyant, a doctor, and others judging Kieslowski’s mental and physical status — yet the subject’s assessment of himself (”I’ve one really good characteristic — I’m a pessimist”) is as fascinatingly enigmatic as his films. Surprisingly absent is an in-depth discussion of Veronique as well as The Decalogue, Blue, and White. Maybe it’s his state of being — just ”so-so,” he says — that causes him to neglect his later accomplishments (Kieslowski was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his 1994 masterwork, Red). Hopefully he knew they were much better than just so-so. B

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