In the Mood for Love: Melanie Dejesus and Falling for a Fiction

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In the Mood for Love – Melanie Dejesus and Falling for a Fiction

Melanie Dejesus joins Stephen and Melvin to talk about another Criterion Collection entry, In the Mood for Love. Often considered in competition for Wong Kar-Wai’s best film against Chungking Express, the three discuss its themes of unfulfilled romance and intimacy, as well as meditations on time.

Topics:

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  • Melanie immediately caught on to the film’s usage of music and loved how it balanced its romance and friendship between Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan.
  • Melvin felt the film cleverly depicted scenes as dreamy, which is amplified with the aforementioned soundtrack including multicultural music.
  • Stephen, “I think more than anything, it’s the way the movie looks, sounds, and feels that really connects with me.”
  • Our two leads are simultaneously emotionally complex and emotionally immature.
  • Discussing the developed motif for the song “Yumeji’s theme”, which plays several times within In the Mood for Love.
  • In the Mood for Love displays a very dynamic and extensive image of the allure toward a lifestyle that cannot and will not fulfill someone’s lost desires.
  • In the Mood for Love is also the kind of movie that is both extremely interpretable and also clear about its themes.
  • A discussion on non-sexual, intimate co-ed relationships in a religious culture that often separates or discourages co-ed relationships, despite living in a post-sexual revolution world where an individual’s sexuality may not be heteronormative.
  • In the Mood for Love also has a strong through-line about time and transition, and the fleeting nature of present or potential joy.

Recommendations:

Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love is Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language. It features Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Maggie Cheung. Directed by Kar-Wai Wong. In the Mood for Love is currently available on The Criterion Channel.


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