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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy inhabit their roles to a point of perfection. Delpy creates such an indelible image of a young Parisian woman (with Left Bank leanings) that she could not be anything but. And Hawke incarnates perfectly the type of inquisitive, literary, and (romantically) intense young American male who stands a chance with a woman such as we find in Delpy. The 2nd film opens with Hawke doing a reading from his own novel on the second floor of Shakespeare & Co., wedding beautifully character and setting, as Hawke is exactly the type of young American who would be at home in George Whitman's Left Bank bookstore.
An American, I spent my youth and then some in Paris. In fact, I met my wife, who is French, on a train, which is the way Hawke and Delpy meet in the first of these films. And like our two protagonists, during our ride together we wrapped each other in words and our own special dialogue, which is the right word, as we were busy creating a moment which would have no place in real life: this was, after all, only a train ride.
We knew we would never see each other again, which meant time was both our prison and our liberator, confining the duration of our experience yet setting us free within it. And, that's how things stood for four or five years, until chance (nudged along) brought us together, again.
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However, that's a relative measure, as this is not your average love story. It begins with "Before Sunrise", in which we see a young man named Jessie (Ethan Hawke), a tourist from America traveling across Europe. While on a train to Vienna, he meets a lovely French girl named Celine (Julie Delpy), and the two immediately hit it off. They end up spending the day together in Vienna, but both know that soon they must go their separate ways. This brings us to the sequel, "Before Sunset", where fate brings them back together 9 years later.
First of all, I'm glad to see that I'm able to review the two movies as a whole here, because to me it feels more like one continuous journey, even with the 9-year gap in between. After watching the first movie, I was a bit worried that making a sequel would ruin everything somehow, but it felt like such a perfect and natural continuation and the ending (which also could have potentially ruined everything) was about as flawless of a conclusion as they could have possibly done.
In true Linklater fashion, the structure of both films is very minimalist.Read more ›
The whole concept of the film is inspired by experience: six years before the first film's release, director Richard Linklater met a woman in a toy shop in Philadelphia; they walked around the city together, talking as the night went on. In writing the screenplay for Before Sunrise, he chose Kim Krizan for a co-writer for the dialogue between a man and a woman to be strengthened. And what a screenplay they (along with the lead actors) wrote.
The dialogue in these two movies is so unbelievably fresh that it shames nearly all romantic dramas made today. This is not just due to the dialogue, but the pacing and the events that take place are smartly devised to make us actually believe in a screen romance. For all those who have not had the fortune of seeing either film, I'll briefly sum up: in 1994, an American mal, Jesse (Ethan Hawke), is on a train heading for Vienna when he meets a French girl, Celine (Julie Delpy). After briefly conversing, he asks her to get off the train with him, even though he doesn't have enough money for a hotel. She agrees, and they walk up and down the city, and within several hours, they begin to have a romantic connection. At the end of the movie however, he has a flight to board back to the U.S.Read more ›
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This movie had a interesting storyline. Not sure what the storyline was but I did like. Maybe I will see it later than now.Published on April 22, 2014 by CARMEL CLARKE
THE FIRST MOVIE WAS GREAT; IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF PAST ENCOUNTERES AND IDYLLIC VACATIONS AT A SUMMER PLACE; BEFORE SUNSET CONTINUED MY RECOLLECTIONS OF PAST TIMESPublished on March 18, 2014 by Albert Ceballos
I enjoyed the dialogue ..... True to the differences between man and woman.
Viewed the latest movie, knew I had to see the first 2.
Want to fall in Love again? If these films don't do it, nothing will! It did for me. And how!Published on April 25, 2013 by s1owr1der41