Remembrance of films past – The Double Life of Veronique

As a student the first film I went to see in the Filmhouse in Edinburgh was The Double Life of Veronique.  I was clad in trenchcoat, and had been soaked in the usual Edinburgh evening rain.   I’d never been in the Filmhouse before, arrived a little late, and was out of breath having ran across the Meadows to get to the cinema.  Once there I had to find my way in to the screen.  I followed the arrows from the foyer which directed me to a lift.  As I travelled up a film of condensation formed on my glasses. The lift entrance was at the front of the cinema.  The usher was at the rear of the cinema.

As the lift stopped I was aware of heavy breathing behind me on-screen – a sex scene at the start of the film.  I stumbled out of the lift my long coat flapping, panting, with my glasses steamed up.  Suddenly I was caught in torchlight – the glare through the droplets of steam on my glasses blinding me.  I threw up my hands before falling over a step.   

I did not go back to the Filmhouse for some months.

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I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.
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