Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #34 Days of Being Wild

In Month 2 on October 19, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Movie #34 Days of Being Wild

(1990, Hong Kong, d. Wong Kar-Wai)

Wong Kar-Wai’s films are some of the most mysterious films to me. At a surface level, it’s about nothing. But a level before that, there is so much meaning in the every-day activities of the moody and afflicted characters that grace his pictures. For me, Days of Being Wild (the first part of a “trilogy” which includes In the Mood for Love and 2046) is about the subtle effects of rejection and the lottery that is true love. It’s a fleeting but beautiful and thoughtful movie. It feels so much like Godard yet Melville at the same time, combining elements of the French New Wave and the Italian Neo-Realist movement at once. His films always make me want to go back and give them a second viewing, but this Movie a Day Challenge must go on. Hopefully, one day I can.


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