In the Mood for Love
Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong/France 2000, 98 minutes
A gorgeous 4K restoration of the original which screened to sellout audiences at the 2001 NZ International Film festival.
“This is an exquisitely nuanced account of a married man and his married woman neighbour in the Hong Kong of the early 60s, who discover that their respective spouses are having an affair. For their mutual comfort as fellow sufferers – and also finding in their situation a kind of parodic and perversely exciting intimacy – they embark on an ambiguous affaire de coeur of their own… Wong Kar-Wai locates the poignancy of their love affair in how short-lived it is, and how short all our lives are, and how we behave as if the excitement or the pain of each moment is the precursor to an infinite supply of such moments: the prelude to an open-ended vista, rather than one stage of a finite history. This is partly a humid, faintly Graham Greene-like love story, partly a conundrum about opaque and enigmatic behaviour. But what it mostly is, is a love story for grown-ups, a film that treats the themes of love and betrayal with almost theological seriousness. It is not to be missed. ” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/10/00