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film review: In the Mood for Love (2000) 
16th-Jan-2014 12:57 am

I'd avoided watching In the Mood for Love for, well for over a decade. Because I'm never in the mood for love, much less romance, and the film was billed as a romantic film par excellence. My loss.

The film follows the arrested relationship between two neighbours, Mrs. Chan and Mr. Chow, who come to realize that their spouses are cheating with each other. Both Chan and Chow agree to refrain from pursuing an affair themselves, but tacitly agree to flirt with their growing attraction for each other, making for all manner of heated intrigue and play in which the most mundane exchanges become supercharged with innuendo and unspoken desire.

The moodiness of this stunning film is as saturated as its palette. Lush, sultry, seductive - its every scene is pregnant with intimations of passionate longing that practically bleed across the screen with its rich crimsons and carmines. Heightened with daring compositions and masterfully executed cinematography, In the Mood for Love is as much about a love for cinema as it is about a love story.

Highly recommended.
18th-Jan-2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
i cannot believe you have never seen this film before and that we have known each other this long and never discussed it. i'm actually surprised its only from 2000, i feel like i have been in love with it for so long that it must be older than that. i suspect i must have seen it in the theatres. that palate looms large in my mind and i was firmly obsessed with wong kar-wai already because of happy together and chungking express.

because of wong kar-wai, tony leung featured heavily in my teenage sexual fantasies (with this interest likely peaking circa in the mood for love). unsurprisingly, a major theme of these daydreams was an.tic.ip.at.ion.
20th-Jan-2014 05:00 am (UTC)
I found both Tony and Maggie to be quite delicious in the film. We should trade fantasies sometime. Also, we never got around to a tarot reading; hopefully this can be remedied soon.
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