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First of all, the movie was incredibly difficult for me to follow. Contrary to the way Wong Kar wai directed 2046, which was just as confusing in places but always backed up by narration, In The Mood For Love is pure dialogue.

I had to watch it about 10 times before I really followed what was going on and the ending still makes me go, WHAT?

CAMBODIA, 1966

The presidential corps waits at Pochentong Airport. Prince Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Sisowath Kossamak come forward to greet General De Gaulle.

It's ten kilometers from Pochentong to Phnom Penh.

200,000 people line the route.

A welcome unprecedented in the history of the kingdom.

He remembers those vanished years.

As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch.

And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.

What's the point of all that historical detail about Cambodia? Is there a point?

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i had a lot of tags i wanted to add on this question... my rep won't allow it... –  magnetar Jan 16 '12 at 19:25
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In September 1966, Charles De Gaulle gave a famous speech in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). He expressed France's disapproval of the US involvement in Vietnam (preceding Nixon by 7 years) and he called for a US withdrawal from Vietnam as the only way to ensure peace. So the director MAY be making a political statement about how the war lasted seven years beyond what imperialist France wished.....

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