In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★★

For what didn’t blow me away narratively, it made up for visually and structurally. Likely one of the most beautiful looking films I’ve ever seen thanks so its rich color and texture choices, the costume design, and the enchanting reoccurring themes throughout. I can see this not working for some but anyone hoping for a sweeping romance, this isn’t just subverting that expectation but exploring the distance between the possibility of what love could be. There’s a clear spacing between the characters which speak to their inability to be in the open as they wish, or touch and feel as they wish, without regret/remorse. They’re two people more alike to ourselves than the boastful ‘match made in heaven’ or comedically romantic involved. As I’m reassessing it more and more, the space between two people and what could be is a story worth telling on its own. An impressive entry point for me into to the world of Wong Kar-wai.

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