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Yesterday I watched In The Mood For Love. The film is set in 1960′s Hong Kong. I spent the whole movie convinced it was made in the 1970s. “It has way too much class to have been made in the last decade,” I said in an insistent, educated tone. Turns out it was made in 2000. Shows what I know about film.

There’s a piece of music – Shigeru Umebayashi’s Yumeji’s Theme – that is revisited throughout. The action slows down and for a few seconds everything is melancholy and deliberate, like a sad ballet.

Christopher Doyle was the film’s cinematographer. Doyle establishes a sort of forced intimacy where, scene-to-scene, we get right in there with the characters. Wedged in to their stuffy Hong Kong apartment, watching from the other room. Or stood in a dark alleyway, sharing their breath and their problem.

Take a couple of hours out of your day to watch it. It’s comfortable and intense. Like putting a pillow on your head so you can be alone.

What next?

1. Watch this inspiring interview with Christopher Doyle.

2. Listen to Yumeji’s Theme.

3. Find In the Mood for Love and watch it.