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.
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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.
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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Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!