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I was so looking forward to this film but my DVD will not play on my multi-region DVD player and will only play on my laptop with a picture that judders so wildly it risks inducing an epileptic fit. Utterly unwatchable. What a shame.
This is a very special film - one of my desert island films - which I never tire of watching. Beautifully shot and lit so that every scene is like a painting. The performances are understated and nuanced so that watching again brings new meaning. The music adds poignancy to a tale of unrequited love. No “action”, no car chases and not a gun in sight. The dramatic tension comes from the frisson between the characters, the angst and self-denial. Achingly beautiful film!
A tale of alienation, as two neighbours in a brilliantly evoked cramped sixties Hong Kong apartment block are gradually drawn together by the discovery of a shared secret. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung as the leads are one of the finest screen couples in film. The complex emotions are so controlled, this is a film where some of the most high tension scenes happen when they aren't even in the same room, but some of the moments captured along the way are just stunning.
Paid top price for this DVD, avoiding cheaper alternatives expecting original DVD. Very obvious copy, poor quality text, art work and cropped screen. Bought as a Christmas present for my cinematographer boyfriend, we are disappointed.
I'm with the vast majority of reviewers here. In the Mood for Love combines the most beautiful visual elements with a narrative of little action but much intensity.
Every shot, many framed by a doorway, stairs or foreground geometric pattern of some sort, has been carefully planned and colour co-ordinated, and taken with the sparing but repetitive use of the musical soundtrack, part of which is the matchless Nat 'King' Cole in Spanish, the result is a ravishing visual and aural expereince.
But this is no film that gives the impression of being a collection of great stills as, say, are Memoirs of a Geisha and Max Ophul's Madame De. There's a drive behind the love story between the two principals that works itself out in real time and in flashback; one of the intriguing features is the way that the possibilities of future emotional change are rehearsed by the principals' role playing.
Maggie Cheung takes the acting honours; she's able to switch from hesitant humour to deep poignancy in a flash. Terrific!
This was good film marred by the subtitles at times being impossible to read as they were washed out by the background colours. For example: white subtitles over a character wearing a white shirt made reading them impossible and thus some chunks of dialogue utterly lost. Otherwise a good film.