Wong's great modern-day cinematic duology, Chungking Express (1994) and Fallen Angels (1995)—the latter from which a still graces the banner of this here blog, for those who didn't already know—speaks to all manner of romantic connections, disappointments and rebirths. The characters' voiceover narrations articulate some of these, but the characters themselves don't, or cannot. Thus, the following image essay features characters from both these films in the throes of silent desire, many of them staring into space for intensely personal reasons we can only really guess at. You could almost call these images "spiritual," in their own purely secular way.
After romantic heartbreak, what's next?
How low can he go? But then...
A femme sans fin mystérieuse
Waiting for a salvation from despair that only he can put into motion
A dream that becomes reality
Desiring an idealized conception of someone
Satisfying her lust for that conception
The human being underneath the conception, contemplating his next move
Heartbreak: in this case, a shattering of expectations
Finding a spark of connection...
...but is it requited?
Finding some warmth at last...
...from a fellow lost soul
Happy Valentine's Day to all who celebrate.