Happy Together is about two gay men, who are pessimistic in love. It tells a story about a Hong Kong, Chinese couple who struggle to stay together satisfactorily and happily. It depicts the real bitter sweetness of trying to be in a relationship with someone. This movie is not really a tale of two happy individuals; it is a portrait of unhappy loners as gay men.
Ho and Lai come to Argentina in order to stay together, but their attempt does not turn out according to plan. The two of them decide to go their separate ways; Lai working in a tango bar and Ho earning a living as a hustler. Both, by chance, meet again at the bar. Despite ignoring one another, they know very well that neither wants to be without the other in this foreign place.
Won Kar Wai, the director, craftily weaved this destructive love story. Not only did he manage successfully to create an unsatisfactory tale of two gay men, he also turned this matter into a stylistic piece of cinema. The cinematography shot by Christopher Doyle was also stunningly elegant. The technique of using colour differently in each scene, sometimes embellished saturated colours and sometimes black and white, was uniquely modish. Some shots were similar to a still picture; it generated a feeling of intimacy. In some ways, I also felt like I was watching collected photos of loneliness. I guess the director might have intended to use the colour as a display of the emotions between the two main characters: gloominess, closeness and sadness.
The music accompanying the movie was impressive too. Tango music, which was played throughout the movie, signified the two protagonists’ relationship. It illustrated their lasciviousness and frustration of living together.
Happy Together is, in general, a flashy and arty film and is uniquely interesting. I feel like I have just finished watching a music video, with a catchy story to tell.