Wong Kar Wai is a famous director from Hong Kong whose movies have garnered critics’ praises and multiple awards in film festivals. One of his films, which is considered a part of a loose trilogy, is In The Mood for Love. It features prominent actors like Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. With this film having been added into one of the top films of all time, Controller Company has decided to check if it’s really worth the credit. Read on below to find out!
The basic premise is about the unusual relationship formed between Mr. Chow and Mrs. Su, both of whom are married. By some coincidence, they move into the same apartment and become next-door neighbours on the same day. They are often alone as each of their spouses is often working abroad or late into the night. One day, they heard a rumour and also based on a few pieces of evidence that their spouses are having affair with each other. With this, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Su fall in love unknowingly. However, they did not want to become like their spouse, but can they resist the temptation of love?
Wong Kar Wai’s signature style is very evident in this film. There are lots of static scenes that are accompanied by fitting impactful music which brings out the loneliness of the characters without them uttering a single word. Each shot becomes like an artpiece that slows down time, giving the audience some time to immerse themselves in the characters’ world. The music brings out several emotions from both us and the characters, with their actions being subtle yet obvious. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung’s performances deserve a big credit, as this film really works because of them. Their characters’ relationship approaches the point of platonic one, yet only a fine line is drawn between them and lust.
There are certain scenes that are mystifying and seem to repeat themselves over time to emphasise on a certain mood. I still remember vividly about the scenes where those two characters go to buy noodles and then proceeds to eat alone. The camera will switch between the two via panning as if a form of communication is established via body languages itself. It is not a very artsy film, but it contains traces of such genre in many of the shots. Without many dialogues, most of the time, we just see what appears to be a time that has been left behind in memories, a playback of a long past. I really like the way it plays out with such great pacing and a pretty sad story.