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January 07, 2006

In the Mood for Love - 7

In this film, a married man and woman become friends when they discover that their spouses are having an affair. The are determined not to be unfaithful. And eventually start meeting in a hotel room so as to not let anyone suspect anything. The begin writing stories together. But as they start to fall in love, they need to separate so that they can keep their integrity in tact. The film ends with their remembering the other person but determined not to be the cause of the others fall. It is a complex film that shows the tension that is involved when one tries to live rightly. The film takes place in Hong Kong and is set in the early sixties (it is in Chinese and has subtitles). The sequel to this film is 2046 (in reference to the hotel room number where they met secretly).


Jason said...

This sounds excellent. I need to see this.

Anonymous said...

I had Jeff watch 2046 over the weekend, which he surprisingly enjoyed. So now he'll be watching this one, too, in the coming week.

It's just a great film, and Wong Kar Wai's Happy Together and Fallen Angels are also recommended.