In the Mood for Love

In Wong Kar-wai’s lushly romantic 2000 portrayal of adultery in early ’60s Hong Kong, the actual moment of consummation isn’t the point. Instead he shows everything in between, everything that precedes and follows, suggesting that in those pauses, hesitations, and ellipses lies the true essence of love. He constructs an illicit affair clue by clue without showing the actual crime. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung play the two who gradually realize their respective spouses are cheating on them, and together they form a beautiful pair whose attachment seems all the stronger for its doomed indecision. Since its most supposedly important scenes are deliberately elided, Mood will entrance—or grow tedious—depending on your taste for such melancholy, atmospheric romance. Mood takes place as much in the past as the present, showing how love is felt more deeply in memory than in the fleeting moment. The film screens in conjuction with the Frye's new exhibit devoted to Ming Wong, who remakes of its scenes in a video installation. (PG) BRIAN MILLER

Sun., Jan. 23, 2 p.m., 2011

 
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