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In the Mood for Love
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by Jason Whyte

"No jokes here; this film is honest and beautiful."
5 stars

Wong Kar-Wai's "In The Mood For Love" is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It's look is like looking at a painting come to life, as the viewer is shown a world of lost love through colors, reflections and long, unending shots down deep, rainy corridors. It is a true testament of human emotion and visual poetry that is a far strive from the kinds of films we normally see these days.

The simple story of "In The Mood For Love" is set in Shanghi, 1962, where a newspaper editor, Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Liu Chung Wai) moves into an apartment building. As luck would have it, so does Li-Chun (Maggie Cheung). When it is rumoured that Chow's wife is having an affair with Li-Chun's husband, they come together and become friends, which may lead to something deeper.

The film knowingly asks how you would react to such news that your lover is with another. Would you immediately respond and go out and have sex? Would you go catch your lover in action? Would you do nothing? Chow and Li-Chun don't know what to do, because of their cultural background and general guilt. "We're no better than they are", Li-Chun says.

What is so elegant about this film is how their relationship is presented visually . Wong Kar-Wai's use of imagery is flawless; we witness some of the action through mirrors, as if we are the voyeur yet hiding at the same time. There's also long, touching moments of silence that lingers over a certain character, interesting ways of showing characters talk (opposite tracking, whip pans and long-two shots) and strong use of color. You don't only see the red, for example, but you feel it as well.

I'm proud of films like "In The Mood For Love". They may wreck you emotionally, but the film doesn't force the emotions out of you, it shows it's cards and lets you deal. The ending of the film is one of those great endings on film that is strange, beautiful, and altogether meaningful, that is like nothing I've seen before. You will never see Hollywood attempt such an ending, but you wouldn't expect Hollywood to ever make a film like this, anyway.

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originally posted: 06/13/04 10:05:14
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3/26/11 makmexico Truly a great work of art. 5 stars
10/19/06 William Goss Soap opera almost too slow, subtle for its own good. Well-acted & pretty, but not perfect. 3 stars
2/01/06 Reklc "He who desires but acts not...", said Blake, that's what this movie is about. 5 stars
1/04/06 Noami Absolutely hypnotic film. I am speechless. 5 stars
12/28/05 rk The tension of the unconsummated love in this movie makes it an exquisite spectacle. 5 stars
12/11/05 K. Sear A lot looser than I would prefer but captivating in it's own way. 4 stars
11/28/03 john a bi long winded at times but beautiful nontheless 4 stars
12/31/02 Andy Todes greatest film of all time 5 stars
9/18/02 The Bomb 69 hard to explain, very slow to develop but haunting when it does 4 stars
1/15/02 Robert Excellent film...story told through scenes and expressions, not dialogue-heavy 5 stars
6/06/01 Rico sweet,stylish,nostalgic.Reminds me of mom&dad during 50s/60s. Beautiful. 5 stars
3/26/01 nowak Moody, slow, stylish, claustrophobic 4 stars
3/23/01 stu55y Absolute must-see 4 stars
3/16/01 Spetters Very subtle, very beautiful in all facets, but also quite frustrating. 4 stars
3/06/01 Peanut I am in the mood for a blowjob right now. Oh, Deanna where are you? 1 stars
2/28/01 Deniz Selman best film I've seen in at least the last 2 years...perfectly shot, perfectly executed. 5 stars
2/08/01 Heather Beautiful, stylish, intriguing movie about a couple having a affair 5 stars
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  16-Feb-2001 (PG)


  29-Mar-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Wong Kar-Wai

Written by
  Wong Kar-Wai

  Maggie Cheung
  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
  Lai Chen
  Rebecca Pan
  Siu Ping-Lam
  Faye Wong

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