Film Night: In The Mood For Love

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Film Night - Valentine's Day Special Screening

In The Mood for Love (2000) - Wong Kar Wai.

'It is a restless moment...' In The Mood for Love revolves around the relationship between two lonely neighbours in 1960s Hong Kong who begin to suspect that their spouses are having an affair. As chance encounters in the street transform into clandestine meetings to discuss their partners' infidelity, they begin to re-enact what they imagine could have happened. What follows is one of the greatest explorations of intimacy and desire in 21st century cinema. The cinematography, shared between longtime Wong collaborator Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bin (famous for his work with Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien), balances Doyle's fluid and spontaneous style with Lee's gracefully composed long shots. The two leads, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, create a subtle gestural poetry of lingering glances and momentary touches, producing an atmosphere of incomparable erotic tension and beauty. And the diverse lighting of street lights, bedside lamps and sunlight through venetian blinds colours the settings of Hong Kong, Singapore and finally Cambodia in a rich tonal range. In the Mood is as much a film about the unbearable loneliness of life in the city as it is a film about romance and thus a perfect film for strangers and lovers alike to be wooed by this Valentine's Day.

All welcome, donation entry, bar open, discussion encouraged.
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