Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In the Mood for Love (Wong, 2000): Mini-Film Review

It's difficult to say anything that has not already been said about Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love. It is also difficult not to say anything about this film that remains at the forefront of my idea--and many of our ideas--of film. What a perfect representation of the manipulation of: temporal reality by witnessing time in the form of memory (sequentially rather than chronologically), the duration of story as the film jumps around in time and place (noting the concluding sequence in Cambodia rather than in Hong Kong), and the film challenges linear notions of time by representing the same event repeatedly, or at least allowing us to question the recurrence of events.

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