Magazine article New Internationalist

Fallen Angels

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fallen Angels

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Fallen Angels by Wong Kar - wai

At a time when the heart of the modern city beats to the rhythm of technology Fallen Angels comes to the screen as an extraordinarily powerful account of isolation and romantic disenchantment. It's a passionate study of human life and emotions in a world where faxes, mobile phones and video cameras have become everyday tools of artificial proximity and fast food is proof that time is yet another consumer product.

Set against a backdrop of contemporary Hong Kong, the film explores an internal world in which the main characters narrate their memories and desires and these become more important than their actions. Constantly seeking the past or the future, they are unable to engage with the present.

Director Wong Kar - wai evokes the old theme of love in a completely new way. It is no longer based on the romantic encounter - in fact the two partners in love almost never interact directly throughout the entire film. Sexual pleasure is not a shared experience but an act of masturbation. In their romantic frustration and search for completeness the characters navigate through a range of feelings and behaviours. …

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