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Dennis Cooper on Wong Kar-wai

WONG KAR-WAI MAKES RAUCOUS, loose-jointed, love poem–like films with oddly decisive titles—Fallen Angels, Happy Together, even the super-propulsive (if inconclusive) Chungking Express. In the Mood for Love, the less tidy, more evocative moniker of Wong’s latest film (which opens February 2), is the first sign that the director is up to something different. Rather than transmute the rush and joggled logic of the protagonists’ passions into bastard, improvisational story lines that go nowhere on purpose, Wong’s new film is a careful, even overly deliberate attempt to have his lovers’ emotional aches and outbursts amount to something larger than the sum of their gauzily beautiful struggles in the moment. Unfortunately, that something works against his signature nothing-is-more-than-something approach.

In the Mood for Love is a period piece, set in Hong Kong in the early to mid-’60s, and for

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