Happy Together (1997)

Happy Together(1997)
Dir. Wong kar-Wai
Starring: Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung, etc.
96 minutes

I enjoyed this film, and I’m not exactly sure why. Wong certainly has an individual style, but I’m not consciously blown away by it. Yet, the film and style has a subtle effect on me. I didn’t really care for the characters or the relationship, but the situation and the way Wong films the emotions are effective. The film is a like a portrait of an emotion.

In some ways the film reminds me of Murnau’s Sunrise or Vigo’s L’Atalante. All these films focus on these universal situations that are simple and without intricate plots, but the way they film these scenes are really significant.

I would probably give this a higher score after I think about it more.

(small spoiler)

I’m still not sure what to think about the third character and his abrupt introduction in the film, but the relationship that develops appealed to me for some reason.

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