Before Sunrise: a different romance movie
"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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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!
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.
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?"
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