In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★½

“He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.”

The longing for personal intimacy, both physically and emotionally. A cure for domestic loneliness. The reward for finishing the mundanities and daily routine of life. A shared meal, hidden rendezvous, or a nighttime stroll. A gentle touch on the cheek, simultaneously wiping away a well of tears and the falling raindrops. A much-needed companion when despair’s grasp is strong and overpowering. Suddenly, the dream has ended. The fantasy has become a reality. The relief and security found within a fleeting relationship, as fast as its arrival, has gone.

Ravishingly decadent and poignantly profuse, Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love is an evocation of unconsummated romance, both the desire for and consequences of it. Through the lush visuals and vivid imagery of love, adultery, and heartbreak, Wong’s strikingly poetic depiction of loneliness and the redemptive qualities of romance is immensely profound, leaving viewers emotionally fraught and mourning the reality of a fallen world.

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