In the mood for love, a 2046 review


Everyone who goes to 2046 has the same intention, they want to recapture lost memories. Because in 2046 nothing ever changes.

Some weeks ago I finally achieved to see 2046, the continuation of Wong Kar-wai’s In the mood for love which I had absolutely loved at the time. And it didn’t disappoint me in any way. Maybe in this second movie, the characters aren’t as innocent. They may act more cynically as if unaware of the pain they produce. However I couldn’t feel more related to their stories and the way they behave.

But what are your real feelings for me? Are they like a rainbow after the rain? Or did that rainbow fade away long ago?…

2046 represents a magic place where nothing ever changes, and who hasn’t dreamed of a place like this before? Like Joel in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind struggling to preserve at least some memory of his lover hiding her somewhere in his mind. 2046 would be a place where this love wouldn’t change, an oasis away from the passage of time, the distance, avoiding drifting apart, changing our minds.

Why can’t it be like before? Please don’t go. Stay with me tonight. Let me borrow you…

2046 is a story of impossible relationships, of characters unable to let go of their past, surprised by the birth of new feelingsat the wrong time, fighting to recover something that no longer exists… Because it’s all a matter of timing as Cho Wo Man says:

 Love is all a matter of timing. 
 It’s no good meeting the right person too soon or too late. 
If I’d lived in another time or place… 
 …my story might have had a very different ending.

We can’t change our life’s circumstance and of those whom we run into, maybe it’s too soon or late for them, maybe if we lived in a different country things would have been easier, who knows? But if there is something positive about this movie, it’s that the only character who is sincere to her  feelings and doesn’t give up to fear or obstacles is the one who finally reaches the love of her life.

When you don’t take “no” for an answer, there is still a chance you’ll get what you want.

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