Thomas’s review published on Letterboxd:
“In the Mood for Love” is a masterfully crafted and heart-wrenching romantic drama directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film has a very melancholic atmosphere and explores themes such as love, longing, loneliness, human connection, betrayal, regret, missed opportunities, and the passage of time.
“In the Mood for Love” is technically brilliant and visually striking. Colors, framing, editing, and cinematography are stunning, as are the set design and Mrs. Chan´s costumes, and the sorrowful music, which is repeated throughout the film, elevates the whole movie.
Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are both fantastic and deliver understated, believable, and engaging performances. The romance between them develops slowly and naturally and you can clearly feel the longing and the loneliness of both characters. The powerful ending hits you right in the feels.
While the film apparently didn´t connect with me as deeply as with other reviewers, I am nonetheless fascinated by this unique and very special love story.