In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★½

Saw my first WKW film in preparation for this weeks r/Letterboxd Film Club (we’re watching 2046)! I didn’t love it, but really appreciate it from a filmmaking perspective and would love to see more of the director’s work.

It’s a very simple story and not one that is particularly original (I’ve seen what is more or less the same plot more than once before), but is elevated by its excellent atmosphere and how all the film’s elements seem to perfectly fit together. From the little things like Su Li-Zhen’s dresses, to the great performance by the two leads, the colours and nicely framed shots, and most of all the score. It’s probably one of my favourite film scores of all time and perfectly sets the mood (for love 🤪) and enhances the overall melancholy feeling; always present but often subtle before exploding into Yumei’s Theme, the fantastic soundtrack by Shigeru Umebayashi.

Also quite enjoyed the exercise in holding back. It’s not often not being satisfied is satisfying.

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