In the mood for Love (2000): “..it’s all about the beauty of restraint..”

In the mood for Love

“If there is a film that inspired my own film Sir (2018) that would be In the Mood for Love | Faa yeung nin wa (2000) by Kar-Wai Wong. I love that film a lot. It often stayed in the back of my head while writing the script for my own film. Even his use of music and its intensity and the way that you can abandon yourself through his music, the corridors, and the empty spaces. These are things that my mind connected to. The film is about a woman and a man who suspect their spouses of being unfaithful to them, but even though they are attracted to each other they decide to keep things platonic between themselves. That is what I really love about this film. For me, it’s all about the beauty of restraint and holding back in that film. I do not have any literal connection with that. It is just the way of actually doing this sort of high-romance, but with so much restraint.”

Another director that I like is the French Cédric Klapisch. He has made films like Russian Dolls | Les Poupées Russes (2005), The Spanish Inn | L’Auberge Espagnole (2002), and more recently Back to Burgundy | Ce qui nous lie (2017). His films are much more mainstream in comparison to Kar-Wai Wong’s films. But his films really have a lot of soul in the way he treats his characters. His characters are very human, fallible and funny. The films are overtly funny human dramas but it comes from a place of truth. So the characters are treated as funny because we humans are funny and we do silly things. That is why I find his films very entertaining and they aren’t empty at all. Which is something I really like.” – Director: Rohena Gera. Works: Sir (2018), What’s Love Got to Do with It? (2013).

Photo and story by Feargal Agard.

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