In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★★

52 Years in 52 Weeks
2020 First Time Watches Ranked

"Feelings can creep up just like that."

In the Mood for Love conveys human truths as only Wong Kar-wai can. The way that Wong envisions unmistakably unshakable love as an evolved notion that entangles souls in often inconvenient ways is softly intoxicating. It's impeccably crafted with gorgeous cinematography capturing intimacy in the most subtle of ways and dazzling costumes (every single one of Mrs. Chan's dresses is a work of art...as is the entire film from a visual perspective tbh). This outing isn't as affecting or ferocious as Chungking Express or Happy Together, but it's deliberately not so. It's almost a sad lullaby, a lament for the loves that bloomed during unforgiving circumstances. It's that approach that makes this a quietly heartbreaking deconstruction of that most curious of human experiences. I have a feeling it's going to gnaw at me for some time.

P.S. This once again continues the recurring Wong theme that Tony Leung Chiu-wai Young is the boyfriend/husband none of us will ever deserve.
P.S. I just found out that 2046 is a loose sequel of this and I'm so excited to see it (as if I already wasn't psyched to see the rest of Wong's films).

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