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'Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more? '
Before Sunrise (DVD)
Member Name: Decanus
Before Sunrise (DVD)
Advantages: well acted, great story, great scenery
Disadvantages: may be too 'talky' for some
I cannot think of many films that sum up the optimism, the excitement, the sheer carefree joy of being young and falling in love. This one does.
Its basic premise is very simple; two people, a french girl called Celine and an American called Jesse, meet on a train, get to know each other, spend a single night walking around Vienna talking, then go their separate ways in the morning. Doesn't sound THAT exciting, right?
This is definitely a film you have to see, rather than read about to appreciate the 'feel' of the film; the way the dialogue is delivered, the connection between the actors, the gorgeous scenery of Vienna, and the lump in the throat you get at the end.
The film came out in 1995, and although very low budget and low key has gained a 'cult' popularity through the years, and a very loyal fan base. I saw the film originally about 1996, and loved it immediately because it was so different; just two people walking and talking, falling in love. Of course, when you dig a little deeper there is more there, themes that are universal to all of us - cynicism about life and love, self doubt, a yearning to be liked, to relate, to meet a soul mate. The delivery of such dialogue by the actors could have come over very heavy-handed, and it is to their credit it does not, it comes over as entirely natural and plausible (apart from one scene which is just pure actor improv, and shows!)
What makes their musings on life and love profound is that they know they only have a very limited time together (Celine is rejoining the train to return to Paris the next morning, Jesse flying back to the U.S), and the act of stepping off the train together in Vienna has disconnected them from their 'real' worlds; indeed, once dawn breaks and Jesse talks about picking up his dog back home when he returns, he despairs that they are returning to the 'real world'.
I loved the ending. Originally, the two decided to have their one night and leave it at that, as real life could not live up to the romance of that one night; they quickly change their minds, and resolve to meet back at the train station in Vienna in 6 months time. We are left to make up our own minds if they did or not; at the time the director, Richard Linklater, said he and the actors had no doubt the appointment would be kept, and that was always the ending I liked to give it too.
The film is only available on DVD at the moment, which is unbelievable to me, although a blu-ray may be in the near future; its bare bones, which is a shame, just the film and one trailer; I would love interviews, a 'making of' etc but we'll just have to see. Just appreciate the film for now.
Trust me, thats enough.
Summary: Can the greatest romance of your life last just one night?