Sunday, August 4, 2013

Before Sunset (2004) Part II



Before Sunset is set nine years after that night in Vienna... We get to know what happened to the ill-fated couple; for the future is here and now. Jesse has written a book about their long night together, and at the book signing in Paris, he looks up, et viola, their eyes meet and all they can think of is 'What if?!!!'. They talk about their lives now, what happened that night, their current partners, the sorrows, the happiness... 




As if those nine years never happened, they still have that easy flow of conversation, the intimate glances, and the invisible connection between them. However, they only have until sunset because Jesse has to catch a flight to the US before sunset. Our main characters are older and none the wiser, or are they wiser? They no longer believe that everything is possible. Even though they now know that it's so rare to find that or meet that person, your soul mate. 




The director, Richard Linklater, films them in long uninterrupted takes, so that you get the feeling that the movie exists in real time. This is so hard for the actors, to walk through a city while 'talking' the script naturally and effortlessly. Perhaps the fact that Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke wrote the screenplay gave them that easiness. Even though it's a sequel, it doesn't feel forced, it flows like a river... It is truly enchanting to watch these two reconnect...

The movie is filled with quotes that fill that empty space in our hearts...


Jesse: I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think...
Celine: Is that true?
Jesse: I don't know. I always liked the story, though.





Jesse: Maybe what I'm saying is, is the world might be evolving the way a person evolves. Right? Like, I mean, me for example. Am I getting worse? Am I improving? I don't know. When I was younger, I was healthier, but I was, uh, whacked with insecurity, you know? Now I'm older and my problems are deeper, but I'm more equipped to handle them.



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