Before Sunrise (1995)
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) decides to tour Europe after being dumped by his girlfriend when visiting overseas. On his last day, before hopping on a place back to the states, he meets a charming young woman named Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train to Vienna, Austria. They have a nice conversation which leads to the 2 of them spending the next 24 hours together before Jesse must return home.
Directed by Richard Linklater (Bernie, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock), Before Sunrise is the first of a trilogy that is followed by Before Sunset and Before Midnight. To the naked eye, Before Sunrise is a dialogue driven film that offers little to the eye but offers plenty to the heart. Jesse and Celine throw caution to the wind in this what-can-we-lose new relationship. They discuss life ideas which lead them down tangents from childhood to secret desires. They play “answer honestly” question games like most of us do and leave nothing hidden. Along the way, they take in the sights and sounds of the wonderful city of Vienna as they become smitten with one another. However, as the hours tick by, they know they will soon have to say goodbye and each isn’t sure if they should be as open as before with their feelings. Should they request to see each other again? Should they keep this magical day as just that? It’s obvious that Jesse and Celine are just common people discovering new feelings they never expected to have (as most of us have encountered) and they have to decide for themselves where they want this new adventure to lead them. The main characters are so easy to relate with because they are the “every person.” We’ve all been there where we meet someone we instantly have a crush on but for some reason we can’t proceed with a normal relationship, but these 2 manage to have a 6 month relationship in a 24 period. They move from “small talk” to “awkward laughs” to “if I never saw you again would I marry you today?” I’d say that this movie will appeal to females much more than males, but for the men out there who can appreciate the quest for love, than you will like this easy watch as well.
8/10 Stars – Charming, emotional and something we can all relate with (on some level.)
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