Library Screens ‘In The Mood For Love’

Movie poster for ‘In the Mood for Love’
 
Review by KELLY DOLEJSI
 
Fidelity and appearances take center stage in “In the Mood for Love” (2000, rated PG, subtitled), showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.
 
Writer/director Kar-Wai Wong’s internationally award-winning film — including Best Actor (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and Technical Grand Prize at Cannes — delights in the styles and cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong, and delights in fomenting questions about loyalty, sexuality, pride, and decorum.
 
Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr. Chow (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) have recently become neighbors in a crowded apartment building. Both their spouses travel frequently, leaving Chan and Chow to become friends in their absence.
 
It doesn’t take long for Chan and Chow to realize that their spouses are often away at the same time, and that they are having an affair. Faced with this information, the two confront an awkward reality. They don’t want to leave their spouses. They don’t want to commit adultery themselves. They continue seeing each other as friends, but, fearful that others will conclude that they are having the affair, take steps to hide their activities, which are primarily eating noodles and collaborating on a martial arts novel.
 
Can platonic love heal a betrayed heart? Maybe, although the film’s sensual attention to Mrs. Chan’s figure, highlighted by a rainbow of beautiful dresses, suggests that ultimately, regardless of their moral high ground, their hearts want more.
 
The series, which screens films on the first Thursday of the month, continues with “Spirit of the Beehive” on May 4, “Two Days One Night” June 1, “Say Anything” July 6, “Roxanne” Aug. 3, “Annie Hall” Sept. 7, “McCabe and Mrs Miller” Oct. 5, “Days of Heaven” Nov. 2, and “The Last Waltz” Dec. 7.
All screenings in the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series are presented thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
 
Fidelity and appearances take centerstage in “In the Mood for Love” (2000, rated PG, subtitled), showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.
 
Writer/director Kar-Wai Wong’s internationally award-winning film — including Best Actor (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and Technical Grand Prize at Cannes — delights in the styles and cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong, and delights in fomenting questions about loyalty, sexuality, pride, and decorum.
 
Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr. Chow (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) have recently become neighbors in a crowded apartment building. Both their spouses travel frequently, leaving Chan and Chow to become friends in their absence.
 
It doesn’t take long for Chan and Chow realize that their spouses are often away at the same time, and that they are having an affair.
Faced with this information, the two confront an awkward reality. They don’t want to leave their spouses. They don’t want to commit adultery themselves. They continue seeing each other as friends, but, fearful that others will conclude that they are having the affair, take steps to hide their activities, which are primarily eating noodles and collaborating on a martial arts novel.
Can platonic love heal a betrayed heart? Maybe, although the film’s sensual attention to Mrs. Chan’s figure, highlighted by a rainbow of beautiful dresses, suggests that ultimately, regardless of their moral high ground, their hearts want more.
 
The series, which screens films on the first Thursday of the month, continues with “Spirit of the Beehive” on May 4, “Two Days One Night” June 1, “Say Anything” July 6, “Roxanne” Aug. 3, “Annie Hall” Sept. 7, “McCabe and Mrs Miller” Oct. 5, “Days of Heaven” Nov. 2, and “The Last Waltz” Dec. 7.
 
All screenings in the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series are presented thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
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