Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Together

Not just a movie about being one place and longing for another, and not just a movie about longing for a person you no longer are with (or should no longer be with), Wong Kar Wai manages to make a movie that is so specific about the experience of loss, longing and unhappiness that I believe that any patient viewer can be utterly empathic with a gay Chinese man stranded in a low wage job in Buenos Aires. The lavishly loving way that the camera treats the unromanticized world (a streetcorner, a narrow apartment, a restaurant kitchen, a lamp) sacramentally transforms my eyes just as much as it redeems this specific world and experience.