I'M IN LOVE...with a movie. I've been hiding this, wanting it all for myself for about a year now, but it's time to let the cat out of the bag. I'm like a stalker who's been in rehab..now willing to let you know!
More beautiful than anything needs to be, "In The Mood For Love", (2000), directed by the great Hong Kong director, Wong Kar-wai, is a story of yearning and desire. From the elegant, atmospheric soundtrack of Yumeji's Theme, to the melodic flow of Nat King Cole's singing, surprise follows surprise. Claustrophobic settings, elegant presentation!
The director has complete control over the action..and it's been said that there was no script when the movie began. I can believe that the gorgeous stars, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, were aficionados of film noir, and found it easy to stroll through 1962, almost without instruction. For that's what seems to happen a lot..walking past each other in glorious color, zaps of electricity almost visible. And oh! that yearning..will there be rapture?
The protagonists move into the same crowded apartment building. They are married to spouses who are never present, whom they come to realize are romantically involved. Their anguish draws them together, yet glances and measured words remain.
The lighting, the rain, cigarette smoke, silk and shadows become part of our journey through their desire. The undercurrent is rapturous. Her beautiful wardrobe is more seductive than nudity would be. One could say, everything is covered, except for the yearning.."For us to do the same thing, would mean that we are no better than they are".
I feel like a voyeur when I watch this movie. In love with this one, in love with that...not real life. A gorgeous movie.
Netflix is waiting.