In the Mood for Love ★★★★★

From the first drop of light to grace the screen Wong Kar-wai grabs your heart and sets the mood to which it will beat. With beautiful yet isolating camera movement and blocking of our leads in the subtle notes of emptiness to their lives. Conversations with neighbors and co-workers are left with them off camera entirely to hear only their voices or slightly out of focus thus further distancing our protagonists from meaningful connections. At most we see them simply not invested beyond the everyday give and take of basic interactions with other human beings. Done with such a subtle and genuine ache for attention. While both try to stay true for better or worse. The gravity of eachs loneliness becomes more than the wounds can bare. And slowly we begin to discover the butterflies and knotted stomach reminders of first time love coming to the rescue.

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