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In the Mood for Love (2000)

Hong Kong 98m, Colour
Director: Wong Kar-wai; Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan, Lai Chen

in the mood for loveA slow-moving melancholy romance set in the early 1960s, Chow and Su are lonely next-door neighbours who become close friends. Learning that their respective spouses are involved in an affair, they eventually develop deeper feelings. Concerned how their relationship might be perceived, and not wanting to ruin their own reputations, they go to great lengths to stay out of the public eye. Though In the Mood for Love is a beautifully appointed production, with a simple plot, it is also an oddly difficult film to follow, perhaps because of the curious nature of the unconsummated relationship, and the partially concealed depiction of their adulterous spouses (Klaus Ming February 2016).


4 comments on “In the Mood for Love (2000)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I remember for some reason that when I saw Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, there were several trailers before the feature. They were all about adultery (I started wondering if they were all for the same picture). But then the last one, also about adultery, was absolutely stunning to look at — way different than the others. That was this movie.

    I’ve never seen it (it didn’t look that inteesting), but I do like his Fallen Angels. That’s a good movie (and gorgeous to look at).

    • Klaus

      It was a pretty film but in the end I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        I do recommend Fallen Angels (which I haven’t seen in a long time — I should see it again). It’s a little like early Jarmusch — a mixture of deadpan hipsterism and goofy vaudeville-level humor. Gorgeous to look at (though it certainly doesn’t look like a Jarmusch picture) with excellent use of music.

  2. Klaus

    thanks, it looks interesting, I will keep it in mind. But first, one last push to get through the last 140 films of the 1001 list 🙂 Hoping 2016 is the year I finish it!

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