In the Mood for Love ★★★★½

86/100

Saturday, April 8th, 10:30 pm

I guess i wasn't in the mood.

Sunday, April 9th, 12:30 pm

Okay, now that was better.

I won't lie. "In the Mood for Love" it's beautifully aesthetically, has great performances and a killer score. However, it's a damn confusing film, if you aren't 100% paying attention. From the editing, that jumps time without you noticing, and the idea of filming a movie almost entirely indoors, with no wide shot, made me dazed. I've read some of the internet comments, saying that this repetition of sceneries and claustrophobic vibe is intended; in my opinion, artistically is interesting, but left me tired out for 90 minutes.

Removing this problem, i think this film has enough pros to make it become a classic in about 10 years. It's not a Before Trilogy in respect to amazing romantic dialogues, the movie expresses itself exclusively by audiovisual. Yet, it contains that same resource of telling what the characters are feeling by one look, a smile or a hand gesture. It's the small glimpses and details which make the feature so special.
A worthy film to receive a deeper review in the future.

Directing: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Characters and Performances: 8/10
Editing: 9/10
Pacing: 8/10
Music: 9/10
Production: 10/10
Cinematography: 10/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Enjoyment: 8/10

Final Score: 86

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