In the Mood For Love (2000)


“You notice things if you pay attention” – Su Li-zhen Chan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two neighbors discover that their spouses are having an affair and form a friendship.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago, but as someone who is not the biggest fan of foreign language films, I have steered clear of it until now.

The story is quite intriguing since it tries to show how lives of strangers can intersect without them knowing about it.

It also shows that string bonds between people can be developed in the places that one least expects them to happen.

The story moves at a very slow and deliberate pace that helps to accentuate how monotonous and boring the lives of these two people have become once their spouses have abandoned them time and again in order to pursue an affair with one another.

Each character needs to have time to grasp and understand the actions of those around them especially when they each want to blame themselves on some levels for the actions of their spouses.

Really liked the way that this story takes its time developing the friendship between these two characters especially given the fact that a connection between two married people was considered quite forbidden at the time that this film takes place.

They also keep things plausible and subtle and don’t rush the relationship into directions that most modern films would take in such situations.

The film does a nice  job showing how loneliness can sometimes lead people to different kinds of connections with others which can be strengthened in a deeper way when faced with the reality of this strange and dangerous world where each wishes to stay far away from crossing forbidden lines as their spouses have already done.

I liked the way that this film never shows the spouses since it allows for us to try and imagine the reasons for their infidelity while at the same time it uses it to help justify this new found friendship between these characters.

Bottom Line – Interesting film about how lives can intersect and bonds can be formed in places one would least expect them to. The story moves at a deliberately slow pace to try and show the way that the lives of these two characters have become monotonous as they each slowly begin to grasp and understand what is going on around them. The story takes its time developing this forbidden friendship between a married man and woman and develops things in a plausible and subtle way like how most films today would treat such relationships.  The story shows how loneliness can lead to different kinds of connections that work to deepen and strengthen how these characters interact in this strange and dangerous world where neither wishes to cross any forbidden lines as their spouses have already crossed by their own actions. The choice to not show the spouses helps enhance things because we need to use our imagination about their infidelity as the story tries to justify this new found friendship. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original idea and inspiration for the film stemmed from a Japanese short story concerning two characters who often walk by each other in a stairwell, but do not converse. In that story the characters end up committing suicide. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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