First of all don’t get swayed by the title.😂 I am not in any kind of mood, but yes I am totally in the mood of talking about something very close to me i.e. my favourite love/romance movie. Well, I have watched this movie many times and I was willing to write this post since a very long time, but every time I started, I felt scared, that I wouldn’t be able to justify or fully express my deep love for this movie and what I exactly feel about it. I don’t even rank it as no. 1 or something as it is much above any kind of numbers or rankings. So, I guess today I have enough motivation to write about it.
The name of the movie is In the mood for love. It is a Chinese movie directed by Wong-Kar-Wai in the year 2000, about two characters, a lady named Su( played by actress Maggie Cheung) and a man named Chow(played by Tony Leung).
If I just talk about the synopsis of the movie then, it’s the story set in 1960s Hong Kong, about two new neighbours Su and Chow, who in the set of events, are shocked to discover that their spouses are dating each other, and how this results into them getting attracted to each other, but at the end their morals stop them from expressing their love for each other.
So, I wrote the synopsis just to give an idea of what this movie is all about in short. But my greater motive is not to tell the story, but to discuss the deeper elements of this movie that makes it so special and the things that I learned out of it. I would be writing those elements in the form of listicles.(Before that if you think you need to watch this movie first as this would be a spoiler for you then you can skip my post from here😁).
1. Frames within Frames:
Right from the beginning of the movie, we notice that all the scenes are shot within a frame. Which means within the camera’s frame, there is one more frame within which the characters are being portrayed. This sets the mood of tension right from the beginning of the movie that beware you are not alone, you are being watched. It also signifies the way the society sees when two married people talk to each other, so the line is already drawn from the beginning of the movie, which they should not cross. It also signifies how much alone they both are in their own lives as Su’s husband stays abroad most of the time for business trips and Chow’s wife also is busy with her office shifts most of the time.
2. Actions speak louder than words:
Even after, they come to know about their spouses through a set of events.(Which you will notice if you will watch the movie). They are reluctant in asking each other that whether they know the truth or not.
Finally, they decide to meet and they are so heartbroken, they don’t know how to react and console each other as they both are on the same boat.
They try to figure out how this actually started. They re-inact like each other’s spouse, trying to imagine what actually would have happened between their spouses, which makes them even more sad.
3. Love transcends Time:
In many scenes of the movie, the scene starts showing time in the form of clocks located at different places. The time keeps on passing but we are not aware of the fact how much time has passed between the shots. Time remains a standard here and what actually changes with time are the feelings of the both characters for each other.
Even the same places and streets are shown again and again. I love Wong-kar-wai to be so much specific in using things for the scene. Only a director like him could be so much thoughtful about everything. Who can really see the world inside out.
4. Accepting the truth:
With time, they come to realize that they have fallen in love with each other. They realize that feelings are like this only. Creeping out of nowhere and this shows how falling in love is one of the numbest things in the world. But they decide not to stoop to the level of their spouses.
5. The right mood:
I can’t praise enough how beautifully the movie has captured the mood of love, loneliness, nostalgia. The dark and bright colors compliment different situations of sadness and nostalgia.
I remember the first time when I saw that movie I was awestrucked by the chemistry between the two characters. They didn’t touch or try to embrace each other but still it felt so beautiful and sad at the same time and it hit the right chord.
So, at the end the mood was right, love was there but they didn’t express it freely and rather chose to part ways. Letting each other go.
P.S. There were so many more things I wanted to write about but then it would really ruin your mood if you haven’t watched it. I have seen it many times and I remember everything in so much detail. But, I would prefer discussing it with someone who has also watched it.
This is not a movie. It’s a piece of art and I would suggest that watch it once in your lifetime. Movies like this are not made that often.
So, have you watched this movie?