In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★★½

The directors choice to film so many times through silk and linen curtains, through windows and the use of mirror reflections is a clever way of showing us we're never quite sure of who others are or what they're really doing. Yet, we insist on talking and gossiping and creating rumours. The destructive expectations and demands of others upon our lives, despite their hypocrisy, is deeply touched and commented in this incredibly artistic film.

As they discover more about their spouses love for each other, the less we see of them. Their relationship is based upon substituting that which was taken away from them: not sex, but companionship.

In the Mood for Love is a fantastic modern example of artistic cinema, as not one scene or camera perspective is meaningless. Every mirror, every sentence, every colour, their wardrobe, where they are looking. It's all part of the mood of film, all part of the plot and all part of the message the director had. A marvellous lesson on "show, don't tell" which I was delighted to learn from.

Recommend this movie if you enjoy: realistic romance films, sad dramas, symbolic images, creative directing.