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In the Mood For Love

Neighbors Chow Mo-wan and Su Li-zhen suspect that their mutual partners have started an affair. This creates a close bond, which, however, remains strictly platonic

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

In the Mood for Love

Hong Kong, 1962: Shanghai journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) rents an apartment in Hong Kong. On the same day of his move, Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), a secretary at a shipping company, moves into rooms in an adjacent apartment. Both are married, but are often home alone as their spouses are away on business so much. "Coincidentally" they are always gone at the same time. At some point, Chow and Su begin to suspect that their partners are having an affair, and between them a bond develops. Their mutual attraction grows, but they keep their relationship strictly platonic.

This romantic melodrama about reticence and suppressed desires is often seen as a pinnacle in Wong Kar-wai's oeuvre. The production process was far from easy: it took Wong two years to complete the film; the shooting alone took 15 months. Eventually, it won numerous film awards.