in the mood for...

in the mood for love is a terribly romantic film. it drips with atmosphere and longing. the slow takes, musical interludes and near perfect chemistry between tony leung and maggie cheung are hypnotic and very nearly lull the audience into believing that this is the kind of movie where love simply has to prevail. but- it's not that kind of movie. this is the kind of movie where the possibility of everything is dangled in front of us. we wait, afraid to exhale, lest the delicate bubble of desire pop. and we wait. and wait. unrequited love does not quite explain it. the film conveys an incredible sense of passion without a single screen kiss. it's not for the faint of heart. but if you like your romance weighty with a sprinkling of tears, go back to this classic. and happy valentine's day...

 

 

stills from wong kar wei's in the mood for love, 2000