Monday, November 24, 2008

"In the Mood for Love"...


"There is nothing but emptiness, the empty existence I exchanged for the truth."
— Lu Xun, 1926

Kar Wai -Wong’s In the Mood for Love, a Cannes Film Festival winner, (best actor: Tony Leung), is one of the most beautiful films we have ever seen. A love story set in 1962 Hong Kong, it follows the intersection of two lives, neighbors in an apartment house who realize their spouses are having an affair with each other. Each gorgeous frame is infused with longing and restraint. The mood is heightened by the original violin score and dream-like repetition and progression of the scenes. Regrets and secrets are at the heart of this film, the sense of time irretrievably lost. Nat King Cole’s Spanish vocals add to the melancholy and Maggie Cheung’s exquisite wardrobe, elegant and perfect, seems to emphasize the physical distance that will remain between the two lovers. The cello music at the end will break your heart, (reminded us of Yo Yo Ma's cello as the camera follows the empty streets of Vienna at the end of Before Sunrise.)

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