Brunette argues that one way mise-en-scene is used in In the Mood for Love is to both bring the audience closer to the characters and to keep the audience at a distance or remove. So, for example, close-ups are used to foster a sense of intimacy and emotional connection, but the camera maybe focused on a part of the body instead of the face. In other cases, we may be shown an empty room or hallway while the characters talk out of frame. Camera movement also plays a role here. A shot may start with the camera on the characters, but then move to a position where our view is obstructed by a doorway or other object.
Did you have this feeling of both being close to Mo Chow-wan and Su Li-zhen, but also distant? What role did the vsiual style of the film have on shaping your relationship to the characters?