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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: In The Mood For Love

Yeah we're getting a lil sappy this week since more than likely folks want to watch a movie that has some romance in it. So here's an indie recommendation for all of you, that like a good ol fashioned love story.

In The Mood For Love, centers around Chow Mo-Wan and Su Li-Zhen. Two neighbors living in a crowded apartment building in 1962 Hong Kong. Both are married to people who are always away, and they spend many nights at home alone. The two make each other's acquaintance and soon find that they have alot in common. Eventually they discover that BOTH of their spouses are cheating on them. Bitter and angry, they comfort one another and their friendship begins to evolve.

This film by far has the best cinematography I have ever seen on celluloid. It's almost as if the DP (director of photography) made the lighting, camera selection, and color a "character" in the movie. Beautiful hues of red, blue, and orange defines the mood in each scene. There is even a scene when Chow is smoking a cigarette, and the smoke dances in the air and completely upstages the actor and dominates the scene. Amazing!

If you're a filmmaker, you'll fall in love with the aesthetics of the film. If you're a sucker for romance, you fall in love with the story. It's an fantastic poignant film with great performances and gorgeous subtlety. A must see.

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