English Review – Before Sunrise (1995)

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This rejoice companionship knows that it probably lasts just before sunrise. That’s where the sadness kicks, still they had good times though. It leaves perfectly as the overused words by Dr.Seuss once said, Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

I really love the simplicity of its premise telling how two people just accidentally meet in a train, the honesty of persona depiction of two complete strangers, and the way its story goes in under 24 hours just like that.

Directed by the self-taught Richard Linklater, Before Sunrise opens its then-a-trilogy when Jesse (Ethan Hawke) convinces Celine (Julie Delpy) to go with him, stopping in Vienna, Austria, when Celine supposedly has to keep going along the train to Paris. “Jump forward in time..”, he says, “this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband, in your future life that eventually becomes boring, to find out that you’re not missing out on anything in the past”. Well, this is straight bullshit, but the hell it works, let me get my bag, Celine got persuaded. To know that the film goes into a trilogy later, this scene has an essential meaning, left a particular feeling as it initiates everything that comes up next.

They had no specific plan where to go, they had one night only for being together, and they aren’t planning to book any room to sleep. Well, they had a whole night get to know each other, they guess. They are free, they had time to spend. The impulsivity to have fun even if it’s with a stranger. Taking leisure for granted, they meant to have a good time.

Becoming one of that one-night stand movie, Before Sunrise blooms as it is full of random talk, not too sugar-coated, not too sappy, but not dull either. Feels original as how people that just met would talk about. Discussing sexes and their ex, discussing love whereas one being hopeful and the other being skeptical. Love is a selfish thing for Jesse but meaningful for Celine. Then, they picture how they manage their respective marriage goes if each of them ever has. Jesse believes that a couple would begin to hate each other by anticipating their reactions or getting tired of their mannerisms over time. But Celine believes the opposite, she says, “I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone-the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I’m really in love.”. They disagree but casually laughing together afterward.

They become more intimate as the night’s later. They are becoming very open, they tell secrets, they confess things. They humorously adore each other, pretending to phone each other friends, and blushed. They kissed, and I normally don’t take the kissing scene seriously, but those kisses say a lot. Passionate and cherish. I mean look at the scene where Celine pretends to be candid, look away when Jesse looking at her in the music Box!. They do know they love each other, but they just don’t say it.

Time is ticking and they aware. This rejoice companionship knows that it probably lasts just before sunrise. That’s where the sadness kicks, depressing as Celine says, now the only thing they’re gonna think of is when they’re gonna have to say goodbye tomorrow. Damn, that’s relatable.

Goodbye is forever a bitch, but while they reflect that good-times last night, they should recover. As the overused words by Dr.Seuss once said, Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened