In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★★½

That era has passed. Nothing that belongs to it exists anymore.

Today in my Personality class, we talked about how "passion" is a word that has come to lose its original meaning in modern times. "Passion" comes from a Greek word that translates to "suffering" or "enduring." To be "passionate" is not just wild emotions in positive ways. If you are truly passionate towards something, you're willing to suffer for it, and it can be a means to help you persevere. The good and the bad, life is a balance, so passion must be one too. In the Mood for Love, in some ways I would say better than any movie, captures the passion of love in that original sense of the word. It's a feeling film, so many gorgeous colors to it, Maggie Cheung wearing like twenty different dresses that could on their own each be a candidate for the best dress any woman has worn in movie history. Tony Leung's deeply empathetic eyes haunt me, a perfect vessel for a movie that is going out of its way to say a lot through silences. The finale of the film is something that brings forth how much of a tragedy the story is, yet I can say with certainty that the scene at Angkor Wat is my favorite in the film, and I looked forward to seeing it again. I do think there are three other Wong films that are better than this (One of them being its sequel, which I am so excited to watching again imminently.) but I also feel like this is Wong at his most confident as a director. Doyle's camerawork slides and sways like a paintbrush on a canvas. This has to have the best original music in a Wong film, I can also say that at least. Love is lost, lost is love, all becomes past, carpe diem.


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