IMDb Top 250: #242 In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Director: Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
Writer: Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

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This challenge is the gift that keeps on giving. Like we both previously stated for the last few movies we’ve reviewed, Indian films, old films, or Korean films are not our cup of tea.

As it happens, now it was my time to review a Hong Kong film.

It’s mostly improvisation, the film being loosely based on a Japanese short story, but the way it is filmed makes it beautiful. It’s got a narrative pace that allows you to suspend disbelief and submerge yourself into the inside world of the characters, their relationship, their feelings. The word elegant comes to mind. Also, calm. Beautiful camera angles, great use of a soundtrack, all there to help us understand the story better.

This is a subtle work of art, one that is different from what we are used to in this age of instant gratification. Not for everyone, except those who appreciate the kind of movie that has meaning hidden behind every single scene.

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