My Blueberry Nights, by Wong Kar Wai
My Blueberry Nights is a 2007 film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Norah Jones and Jude Law. It also features Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn and Cat Power. The director describes it as "a story of a woman who takes the long route instead of the short one to meet up with the man she loves." It is Wong's first feature film in English.
My Blueberry Nights was the opening film for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2007.
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Writers : Wong Kar Wai (screenplay) &
Lawrence Block (screenplay)
Genre: Drama / Romance
Plot Outline: A young woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.
Awards: 1 nomination
Music by : Ry Cooder & Shigeru Umebayashi
Cinematography : Darius Khondji
Distributed by :
The Weinstein Company (all media)
I won’t tell you more about the story, but a little more about Wong Kar Wai, who is definitely one of my favorites directors.
I don’t think Kar Wai would classify his film in romance or love story movie, for it is not really…
Yes, it is the story of a woman, just dumped by her boyfriend after a 5 years old relationship. But it’s not the story of this woman falling in love with the first guy she meets after hating him, just like in other movies.
The story of this woman, Elizabeth (Norah Jones) goes beyond a love story. It’s the quest of her own personality without this man in her life. What is she now? What does she want to be?
That’s what Elizabeth tries to figures out, and fortunately she will meet extraordinary characters that will help her see deep inside her. The so-called love story with Jude Law, is just a second line in the movie. He’s actually one of these characters that will help Elizabeth.
After his other movies, In the Mood for Love, 2046, Happy Together, and some others, Wong Kar Wai is not really a surprise anymore. But this is his first movie in English, starring American actors instead of the faithful Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, who played in more than one movie of Kar Wai.
As the movie opens on the first image, you can directly tell it’s a Wong Kar Wai movie. The mood, the lighting and the music are his touch. The style of Wong Kar Wai is very defined and you can make no mistakes.
His style also consists of games on movements in the frame, blurred and sharp images, colors…
Always these warm moods, soft and soothing music, which by the way, in this movie, reminds me a lot of the music in Happy Together.
Although for me this is not the best movie of Wong Kar Wai, and I said, he’s no more a surprise, I would encourage people to see it.
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