Happy Together http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118845/
and Days of Being Wild
What struck me right away was his amazing visual aesthetic. The soft colors from rotten walls and other shots really made me wish I was seeing this on a movie screen. But simply making a pretty film is quite useless. Wong Kar Wai makes his softly textured shots blend into the pointless, painful and inevitable romances very well. The faux-sci fi element of this film wasn't painful at all. It wasn't traditionally science fiction at all, and had more of the element of a short fantasy sequence (being as it was a story told by one character to another character).
Oh yeah, the acting was amazing as well.
Happy Together I'd seen years ago and remembered very little of. I liked it much more the second time around. What struck me most about this second viewing was how the main relationship is gay, yet homosexuality isn't an "issue" as it is in most gay themed films. Very briefly the cook who overhears a phone call provokes a suspicious look, but that's the extent of it. We don't get the feeling that they are constantly 'coming out' or 'hiding' their love, and there are multiple openly affectionate scenes between the gay lovers. The issue of gay-vs-straight comes up in the end friendship with the cook when they hang out in the straight bar, and when he asks about 'favorite voices in women' but it's a fairly elegant way of handling this. This takes place in Argentina, but except for the spanish dialogue now and again it has very little "Argentinian" quality about it.
DAYS OF BEING WILD
This film was marred by a very poor subtitling. The grammar was bad in many cases but intelligible. Sometimes it was just nonsense. Despite this the nuances of the characters and the story play very well. I discovered some 'opensubtitles' project on ther internets, but I haven't searched for this one yet. I suppose I could search for a another subtitle torrent as well (uTorrent gave this option which I just discovered).
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