Evan DePasquale’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.”
Going into my first Wong Kar-wai I was expecting something poetic and sentimental, and to be honest I can’t say that is what I got. What I did get is a film that feels more unsentimental and less reliant on dialogue, but still manages to convey these deep emotions that the characters are feeling. There is a sense of tension and uneasiness in this that no other film has made me feel before.
The unique framing and way that the story is told is entrancing. You understand this sort of unspoken pain that the characters feel through observation alone. I felt as if I was watching something that I should not be watching and it as if the characters themselves know they are being examined by everyone and can not truly act on their emotions. This is what makes the film such an interesting experience. It makes you feel lonely and longing for love just like the characters.
The resolve of this film is one of the most interesting aspects of the whole thing and while it might not give you the payoff you want, deep down you realize that this is what is meant to happen and it is deeply sad, but honest. I am happy that I have finally come across another 5/5 film as it has been long overdue. Recommended by Amrit.