in the mood for love





The pacing is languid, the storytelling elliptical, and, as a tale of star-crossed love, the feeling is bittersweet. Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love (2000) is a haunting masterpiece, a ravishing film of unrelenting beauty, capturing the subtle dynamics of attraction and frustration. With the nuanced performances of it's impossibly gorgeous stars (Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung) and a camera which often peers through half-open doors, we are treated to moments both intimate and mundane. These glimpses gradually reveal the beginnings of an impractical romance. The film, set in 1960s Hong Kong, is rich with cinematic atmosphere: mid-century modern meets ancient urban decay, and it always seems to be raining. Thoughtfully filmed and acted, this tone poem may move you to tears, even as you marvel at the mastery of craft on display.

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