In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

(2000)

Understated melancholy romance from Wong Kar-Wai, named the second best film of the decade by the BBC.... More

Set in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband's job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips. Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Li-zhen and Chow strike up a friendship and after suspecting their spouses are having an affair, are drawn together by shame and anger. While working through their guilt by imagining how their adulterous spouses first hooked up and rehearsing interrogations, the pair slowly fall in love in spite of their determination to uphold their end of their marital vows. (Rovi)Hide

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  • Heat rises from the film like steam from its noodle bars. It's enough to make you giddy. Full Review

  • Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable. Full Review

  • Instead of asking us to identify with this couple, as an American film would, Wong asks us to empathize with them; that is a higher and more complex assignment, with greater rewards. Full Review

  • Dazzles with a heady atmosphere of romantic melancholy and ravishing visuals ... but neglects to construct the kind of dramatic complexity to provide any lasting emotional resonance. Full Review

  • The performances are masterly, and the photography beautiful. A genuinely romantic romance. Full Review

  • Probably the most breathtakingly gorgeous film of the year, dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema forever. Full Review