Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung) with her husband and Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) with his wife happen to move into the same apartment building on the same day. Their friendly neighborly relationship changes though, when they both realize that their respective spouses have an affair with each other. In trying to figure out how this happened, they start to become closer themselves.
In the Mood for Love is a beautiful, deeply sad film that absolutely made me fall in love with it and then broke my heart.
In the Mood for Love does several interesting things with the way it narrates: for one, it doesn’t so much tell a linear story than stroll from one decisive moment in the relationship to the next. Secondly, it has Li-Zhen and Mo-Wan act out scenes they imagine between their spouses (and later between themselves). This doubling of acting also doubles characterization and narration and it works beautifully.
This delicate way of handling the relationship is wrapped in an exquisite package: stunning costumes, awesome sets, wonderful music make this film an absolute feast for all senses.
Ugh, and the story itself: this is just one of the most heartachingly beautiful love stories ever. As it slowly unfolds, you can’t help but fall in love with both of them along with them. With Cheung and Leung in the roles, this is made even easier. They are just as perfect as the rest of the film.
And that means that you’re heart will get shredded just as much as their hearts.The ending definitely packs a punch – but an aesthetic one. You’ll very rarely feel so glad to have your heart broken.