In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Lamour. Y a-t-il plus beau sujet pour le cinéma que lamour, pourtant si difficile à décrire, à montrer ? Cest malgré tout le pari que sest imposé le cinéaste de Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai pour son septième long métrage. Couronné du César du meilleur film étranger et du prix dinterprétation masculine à Cannes, sacré meilleur film au Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias de Montréal, In the Mood for Love sest vite classé parmi les films dont on se souviendra.
Dans les années 60, à Hong Kong, Li-zhen et Chow emménagent lun à côté de lautre, avec leurs époux respectifs, dans un vieil immeuble au charme rustique. Une relation extraconjugale se nouera entre leurs conjoints, les laissant au cœur de leur solitude quotidienne. Le film se déroule dès lors du point de vue des époux délaissés, que cet abandon finira par rapprocher.
Wong Kar-wai sadresse directement à notre imagination dans ce film où le désir se contente de désirer. Tel un peintre qui aurait trempé son pinceau dans la grâce, le réalisateur dépeint ses personnages de façon extrêmement courtoise. Maggie Cheung est délicieuse de retenue et Tony Leung, remarquable en homme qui fait de son mieux pour échapper à ce sentiment si doux. Soutenu par un travail formel incroyable où chaque plan est une véritable valse esthétique, In the Mood for Love représente laccord parfait entre fond et forme et, parfois, touche même au sublime. Lorsquon cherchera la définition de la délicatesse, il faudra désormais se tourner vers Wong Kar-wai. --Helen Faradji --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Generally, people who dislike this film have the following reasons:
1. Simple plot and no plot twist
2. Repetitive scenes
3. Few and confusing dialogues
4. No significant signs of intimacy or eroticism. Can it even be categorized into "Romance"?
One thing I have learnt from "In the Mood for Love" is also the same thing I wish romantic film directors would learn for a long time: Character Study and Development are often more important than unnecessary plot twist. There are pretty much only two characters in the movie, but by middle the audience could feel as if we know them for real. Thus we do feel the characters' happiness, pain and suffering. Yes, even if the time is set in 1962, Hong Kong.
The repetitive scenes do not represent lack of creativity. In fact it is one of the hardest tricks in my opinion. Although some actions are very similar, each scene has a subtle change in intimacy and impact for future relationship. Not one of the scenes can be taken away because they're all crucial links. As for the dialogue, it is few but every line is to the point. Each word is polished to sharpest and kept to minimum. Every word is a keyword.
Intimacy and eroticism are indications and eye-candy. Audience would understand immediately two people are in love. In my opinion this is director's point of view to choose it or not.Read more ›
The new BluRay Edition is simply outstanding. Print quality and sound, you could not ask for better. The extra's WOW - lot of 2012 additional material, including a documentary that shows almost an hours worth of production footage that shows the original (largly funny!) original storyline, including a super cool dance number excerpt (deleted as too funny?). Specials on the soundtrack and much more -- I did not realize it was shot twice for instance (with Doyle quitting with the prospect of doing it again). Just amazing. Highly recommended. Let's hope they do it with 2046 next!
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I watched this movie late one night about a year ago on a 27 in TV. The pacing seemed slow and I was falling sleep through most of it. I decided to watch it again last night on my 42 inch TV and that alone made a huge difference, and also I was "in the mood" for watch a movie to try to understand the message.
First, you need to slow the introduction's written message down so you can read and ponder it a bit so that you are "in the mood" to discover its importance. I found after that I was totally interested in the story as it unfolded.
It has a really unusual "clips" feeling of giving us KEY glimpse of these two lonely people's lives. Maggie Cheung's character is witness (and accomplice really) to her boss having an affair on his wife; so she knows the signs and does not know how to react in a culture that has a belief system of "normal" and when the reality is not like that - hypocrisy and denial seem the "norm". Tony Leung's character is also helping his friend in being a womanizer - repeating several times, he is not like his friend.Read more ›
The film takes place in Hong Kong during the year 1962. Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) have just moved into neighboring apartments and have met each other rather casually. But the two progressively realize a secret about their respective spouses and a profound relationship develops almost instantly. From there, the film sets a tone that is cislunar, seeming to float in its own world situated between reality and a sense of disconnection. Kar-Wai perfectly evokes this mood with fleeting slow-motion sequences accompanied by Christopher Doyle and Mark Li Ping-bin's delicately visceral cinematography. What ensues throughout the rest of the film (both plot-wise and technically) masterfully conveys romantic yearning.
The lead performances were breathtaking, namely Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen. From scenes of obvious hurt to moments of hidden despair, she ceaselessly astonishes. I'm surprised she did not receive the massive encomium she deserved from 2001 year-end awards groups, let alone the Oscars. But credit must also be given to Tony Leung as Chow Mo-wan, who managed to maintain a quiet, tired loneliness throughout the film.Read more ›
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This film is a teasing allegory of loneliness and longing. Here is a film without sex, or even kissing -- and it is no doubt one of the sexiest and definitely the most... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2007 by Jenny
Simply put, it is one of the more ravishingly beautiful films ever made! Every now and then, a director and his collaborators are so in-tune with each other, so opperating at the... Read morePublished on March 26 2004
This is a love story set in China in the early 1960's. A man and woman are neighbours and discover that their spouses are having an affair. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by The Nippon Newfie
I was born in hongkong in 80's,and this movie portrayed the love between a journalist and his neighbour in 60's. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by noreeca
This Chinese film goes back to the recent past of Hong Kong, China and the Chinese. The love affair is delicate but it is not the essential element in the film, except as a... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
Beautiful people, beautiful places and a great feel for Hong Kong in that era.Published on Nov. 29 2003
There's more here than can be appreciated in a single viewing. I just finished my third pass and the film just blows me away. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003