Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Watched - Before Sunrise
R, 105 minutes
'A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.'
I had never even heard of this movie before a recommendation for Before Midnight popped up on Netflix. In reading the description for that, I discovered it was the third in a series of movies that checks in with these characters every nine years. Intrigued, I found the first two on Netflix and started from the beginning with this one, Before Sunrise.
I love these types of relationship study movies. I can easily see how a lot of people would hate it and be bored to death by it. There is no big action or high drama. There is no blood, guts, gore. There is no violence. We're so accustomed to all that stuff now that I found myself half on edge, waiting for something to happen. Ooooh, is that guy off to the side going to mug them? That type of thing. But no, nothing like that happens.
The description is pretty accurate, and pretty much all there is. We get to watch this relationship form right from the very start, when they first lay eyes on each other on the train, and watch as it grows through their hours of talking and getting to know each other in the less than 24 hours they spend together. Sometimes it was boring, even for me, and sometimes things seemed forced, but overall you start to really feel for these two. And you start to dread the approaching morning because they will be faced with saying goodbye.
Celine - "I met a guy on the train and spent the day with him."
Jesse as the friend on the phone - "What?! Are you crazy?"
Celine - "Probably."
Jesse as friend - "Soooo? How was it?"
. . . and then Celine starts talking about it all. Then they 'hung up' and Jesse had to call his best friend, with Celine posing as that friend. It was so funny when she answered with a "Dude! Whassup?" type guy thing.
Part of what I liked about this movie is that these two people did what I would love to be able to do but am too paranoid, shy, and chicken. They spent the whole day wandering around a city they weren't familiar with and just went to different places that they came across, did what they felt like doing, talked to people, and enjoyed themselves taking in the beauty of Vienna. I can't even walk five blocks in Minneapolis without my stress level skyrocketing. LOL!
Eventually the morning comes and Jesse has to catch his flight back to America. Even knowing it was coming, I was caught off guard by the emotions and, yeah, I burst into tears. When this movie was new, the ending must have been so stressful for viewers because even though Jesse and Celine made a deal, the viewer was left wondering if they would ever go through with it and how things would turn out. Luckily (?) I already know how it turns out because I know there are two more movies after this. Ohhhh wait, now that I think about it, maybe I don't know how it turns out in the long run?! DOH!!! I just assumed that because the movies followup with them that they were happily together. Ooooh, what if they meet over the years but it's a scandalous ongoing cheating affair? Oooooh, I better go re-read the descriptions! LOL! Regardless, I have the second one coming next from Netflix.
Have you ever seen or even heard of this movie?