In the Mood for Love -- What Makes This Movie Great? (Episode 80)
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Wong Kar-Wai's famous "In the Mood for Love" is touted as a romance movie about a couple who wants to have an affair in 1960s Hong Kong but can't.
Is it a romance movie?
I'd argue that no, it's a religious movie. Every critic has to account for the movie's last 15 minutes, which features documentary footage of Charles de Gaulle in Cambodia and a scene with a Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat. Exactly what are these scenes doing in a romance movie?
As this video explains, the movie is a critique of the desires of the characters and those generated by the audience towards them. The Buddhist monk is an onlooker, and he offers a way to watch the movie, different from all the video analyses on the Internet.
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