Wong Kar-Wai’s meditation on the way layers of separation create a mood for love in the close quarters of 1960s Hong Kong derives an erotic atmosphere from the restrictions on romance.
Two characters, married to other people who they discover are having an affair, actually avoid initiating their own affair in spite of mutual attraction
The closely tailored, formal clothes worn by Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung seem to express this intense but controlled love by concealing any glimpses of flesh while clinging to their imagined bodies. Muted colours begin to blossom with unfulfilled promises, but ever present possibilities.
This event is part of the 10th Anniversary Fashion in Film Festival, ‘Wearing Time: Past, Present, Future, Dream’.