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In the Mood for Love (Criterion Collection) back to product details

Poetic graceful emotional freefall
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written by ewee December 27, 2005 - 4:03 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
After seeing Chungking Express, I didn't want to rush this one...I waited for a rainy melancholy day, and it was perfect.

More gorgeous camerawork, and the actors are luminous, elegant and brilliant. They convey the quiet, simmering pain and love throughout the film--not a gesture or glance is wasted. Every element builds the film--the gauzy curtains, the oddly institutional and garish hotel, the heavy rain, the old faded posters along a narrow alleyway.

It will break your heart, but quietly and softly. Let it in, and take a moment of silence to soak it up.


Achieves cinematic perfection
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written by Eoliano January 15, 2003 - 8:36 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful


Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love is an intensely romantic, if elegiac, chamber piece that reaches inside the souls of its main characters and gives us a glimpse of what might be.

The relationship between Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leong) evolves with such quiet restraint, that we expectantly await its ultimate conflagration, hoping they will leave their cheating spouses and cave in to their passion. We want them to run away together and set the screen on fire. Instead, they remain sexually shy, but intimate friends, who continue to address one another formally, as though they are afraid of turning into their wayward spouses. With the passage of time and the intervention of circumstances, they gradually drift apart, although their love never dies.

Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee's striking cinematography perfectly captures Hong Kong in the 60s. Wong Kar-Wai's skillful use of music hypnotizes us, and Mike Galasso's original music casts a fervent and melancholic spell. The editing by William Chang is exceptional, as are his contributions as set and costume designer.

The film is about true love, though ultimately, it remains unrequited. When the film is over, its compassion resonates inside us. In the Mood for Love achieves cinematic perfection.




Slow, Sad and Stunning
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written by rakdaddy June 18, 2002 - 11:43 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Wow. I didn't quite know what to expect from this movie, especially after seeing a hyperactive flick like Fallen Angels. In the Mood for Love is the opposite, style-wise: slow, ponderous, and patient. It's also beautiful and moving, with excellent performances by Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as neighbors struggling with their spouses' affairs and their love for each other. Mix in the colors of the clothing and the sounds of early 60s Hong Kong radio, and you have a wonderful picture.

This DVD is excellent, by the way. Has Criterion ever done a bad DVD? Doubt it. Good extras on this first DVD, with deleted scenes, some audio commentary, and a nice short showing off early Hong Kong Cinema.


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