Director: Richard Linklater
I wanted to put the reviews for Before Sunrise and Before Sunset together in one post, but I don't think I will do justice to it, so doing it separately. After finding out that Before Midnight was going to hit the screens next week, it was impossible to watch that without knowing/rewatching the first two. Hence, my Before marathons. Before Sunrise introduces us to Jesse and Celine, two people who happened to meet each other on a train, and decided to spend one night together in Vienna before they had to leave, Jesse back to America and Celine going to Paris.
In the span of 90 minutes, we get to go deep inside their thoughts, their wants and their dreams, as they strolled the night away. They talked about many things, many different things, things that never failed to lose us in their conversation. As it progressed, we get to know more about who Jesse and Celine really are, and we watch, as their conversations spark a connection: physically, mentally and emotionally.
Their conversations seem timeless, thus making this movie fit for people in their late teens or early twenties. It's because where they are, what they're talking about, what they're doing, is exactly where those people are (me included). We all have this notions and ideas and thoughts, and wouldn't it be nice to share it with someone that not only accepts these notions, and ideas, and thoughts, but have substance within themselves? I know we have friends for that, but this is something more. It's that connection that only two people share that we look for. What they have, where they're at, is what we are looking for, or so I'd like to think.
It might not be every one's cup of tea, watching the same two people converse for 90 minutes. I think it's more than what they talk about, but what they represent, that draws people in their relationship. At some point in our lives, we can say that we relate to them. This film doesn't feed us the typical notions of what romance is, or how it should go, but it gives us a glimpse of a kind of reality that we're in, and how their being represents who we are at some point in time.