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Before Sunrise: a different romance movie

Updated on February 7, 2016

"Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?" ~ Celine

I was fifteen years old when my friend Marianne and I first watched this movie. That is now nineteen years ago, but the story of Celine and Jesse has stayed with me all this time.

The American backpacker Jesse, and French student Celine, meet on the train from Budapest to Paris. They start talking the way you can sometimes only talk to strangers - naturally and without a fear of being judged. It is a conversation similar to stream of consciousness, but with intelligence and youthful observation skills. It is witty and draws you in, and the attraction between these two young people is evident.

As Jesse gets off the train in Vienna, Celine makes the decision to join him. They continue their conversation into the night, wandering the streets of the Austrian capital. The way they connect, and the intimacy in their conversation, allows them to fall in love both slowly and quickly all at once.

However, with Jesse flying back to America the next morning, they only have this one night together.

This is, as you probably understand, a character driven movie with a lot of dialogue. And though this may sound boring, it never gets dull. It inspires and challengers the viewers, as Jesse and Celine inspire and challenge each other - philosophically, romantically, and intellectually. As a viewer you may cringe at a confession, laugh at awkward situations, and nod approvingly at an observation.

It is something as rare as an intelligent romance movie, yet still quirky and sweet.

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The trilogy

Director Richard Lanklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have collaborated in making this into a trilogy.

Warning: the below movie descriptions contain spoilers!

Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset (2004)

Ten years after Before Sunrise, a sequel was made. In Before Sunset, ten years have passed since their first meeting, and we finally get to know the answer to the question we are left with after the first movie: Did they meet again?

In Before Sunset, they meet accidentally in Paris, where Jesse is promoting the book he has written about their original encounter. They take up the conversation where it was left off. However, they are more reserved this time, and more mature. But the flow of the dialogue is recognizable from the first movie. As a viewer invested in the fate of these characters, my heart was aching for them as they got to know each other all over again, and talk about their memories of that one night in Vienna.


Spoiler Alert!

Before Midnight
Before Midnight

Another ten years have passed. Where are Jesse and Celine now? Is is the final chapter in the trilogy, and we meet the couple on a family holiday in Greece. We finally see them as parents, as husband and wife, and get to know how their lives are now that a relationship between the two has become their everyday life, and not just a romantic idea. Can their relationship survive the txt of time? This unlikely couple has made it this far, but are the differences too big? Or do they fulfill each other and communicate as well as they used to when they where still only strangers to each other? The dialogue that captivated us in the first two movies and has become the trademark of this couple - is it still as fluid and bough to keep their love for and interest in each other afloat? A beautiful movie about a grown-up relationship being tested.


"But then the morning comes, and we turn back into pumpkins, right?"

~ Celine

Have you seen Before Sunrise? Or perhaps the whole trilogy? Or if you like, you can just leave a recommendation for your favourite romance movie. Thank you for visiting!


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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you, I really appreciate that! Happy Valentine's Day to you too! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Stopping back by today to let you know that this article has been featured today on Review This! by the Forever Hopeless Romantic Contributor on Squidoo.

      Thank you for this awesome Romantic Movie Review. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I hadn't heard of these. So cool that it's a series too. It's going on my list.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Oh, wow! A whole series, no less! I will definitely have to check these movies out. Thank you for the recommendation.

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      Max Globe 4 years ago

      I loved the first two movies, can't wait to watch the last one

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @zentao: You should find the time to watch them all. As you can tell, I absolutely love them!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @BrownEyedGirl69: I do highly recommend it! It is a lovely and intriguing movie!

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      zentao 4 years ago

      I have heart of this movie and it's sequels and it has always been on my list. You have reminded me I need to set down and watch it!

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      I haven't seen this movie but after your review I think I will have too! Great lens!

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      You have made me want to watch this movie!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @vsajewel: That's perfectly alright. I am happy that you took the time to let me know of a potential problem. Thank you!

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      Joebeducci 4 years ago

      Superb movie review! My mother loves this movie, I think I finally have to see it some time. I read the 3rd movie ''Before Midnight'' is very good as well.



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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Hi again...after reading several more reviews, I haven't been able to get any video to it's my device I think. Even my own video wouldn't play for me! Sorry to worry you.

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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Great review! I'd never heard of this movie before, but it looks like one I'd enjoy. One thing I thought I should mention, and it might just be a problem with my iPad, but the video didn't play for me. It looked like it would but then the screen just went black and nothing happened. I thought you'd want to know in case it's not just me :-)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't seen Before Sunrise - but I certainly want to watch it now. Great review, you drew me in. And sequels! Awesome!