After spending all of February recommending Valentine’s Day-friendly love stories, we’ll be recommending a movie that will make you think twice about romance for each week in the month of March. This week: Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together.
Happy Together tackles a very specific kind of love: The kind that can destroy a person’s life, because the feelings are so powerful that they make you betray your own best self. But despite that grim-sounding moral, this isn’t a depressing movie; it’s a powerful and ultimately hopeful one, about learning to overcome your worst instincts and grow in the kind of honest, incremental way that’s rarely seen on the big screen.
Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Happy Together — like the rest of Wong Kar-Wai’s filmography — is a gorgeous film, with breathtaking visual style, excellent performances, and a perfectly chosen soundtrack. But while Happy Together won Kar-Wai a Best Director award at Cannes in 1997, it has since become one of his most overlooked films. Today, it’s rarely mentioned in the same sentence with his better-known work like Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love.
Fortunately, Netflix makes it easy to right that wrong. Queue up Happy Together this weekend, and enjoy one of the most powerful depictions of amour fou that cinema has to offer.
Watch a trailer for Happy Together here.
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