In the Mood for Love ★★★★★

Wong Kar-Wai's painfully restrained masterwork of elegance and love illustrates he is in fact the worthy successor to the nouvelle vague auteurs of the 1960s. Every color, camera move, frame rate, Cheongsam dress, grey suit, curtain, floor tile, puff of smoke, rain drop, and plate of food is a labor of love, just like the characters in this piece of cinema.