In the Mood for Love
Like the cologne of a past lover, In the Mood For Love inhabits our senses, fills our imaginations, and evokes the essence of romantic love without ever displaying its carnal side. The restraint with which director Wong Kar-Wai tells the story is, then, ironically masochistic. It would be easy for his two solitary protagonists, a young, dashing newspaperman Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) and his elegant next door neighbor Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) to become lovers--easy because they live in 1963 Hong Kong where cramped communal living negates all privacy and personal space, and more significantly, because their respective spouses are carrying on an affair of their own.
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