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Fa yeung nin wa | 花樣年華

Wong Kar-wai Hong Kong, 2000

Imelda Says's rating of the film In the Mood for Love

One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, a sumptuous collage of super-saturated hues, textiles, textures. Faces half-seen within mirrors within doorways within shots as close and claustrophobic as illicit love, secrecy, moral pressure. Repeated verticals, divisions, columns, shadows, bars all speak of entrapment and enclosure. The steady panning of time, the violin score a swallowed longing...