In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★★★

The question is phrased in a way that the only possible answer is the one desired. Fantasy, no matter how twisted, is often more enjoyable than reality.

A visual feast. Cinematography so picturesque it even manages to distract from its masterfully crafted narrative — as if the retelling of events were remembered by a hazy memory. Wong Kar-wai's evocative and emotionally charged body language is so undeniably moving that I felt compelled to turn off the subtitles during the diner scenes. The extraordinary sense of desire and the disorienting mental games provoked in the theme and structure, aided by the tonally perfectly placed motifs whether in framing or score, is an ill-fated yet rewarding practice in masochism.

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