“The attraction of the one-that-got-away story is that it can remain an untested and ideal love forever.”
I find this by “coincidence” as I’m reading an article, and it reminds me of a movie I watched a while ago. I had the urge to write a movie review after I watched “Before Sunrise”, but instead I watched the two other parts of the trilogy and I completely lost that urge until that quote reminded me of it.
Before Sunrise is a movie (that came out the year I was born) about a young man, Jesse, who meets Celine on a train in Europe and as they’re about to part they decide that the chemistry between the two of them is too good to let it end there, so he invites her to spend the day/night with him touring Vienna before he has to fly back to the US the next morning. Yes, they end up falling in love, which certainly seems unrealistic except that the movie is inspired by a true story. Richard Linklater made the movie years after his meeting with a girl in Philadelphia which went a lot -but not exactly- as the story he directed.
Knowing that the whole movie is nothing but an extended conversation between two people, I started watching it expecting to be bored, but as it went on, they walked around and talked, talked, talked.. And it was all surprisingly intellectual, fun and interesting. They loved each other a bit more with every experience, feeling or insight they shared. As they got closer to parting they agreed they should take that perfect one night memory as it happened and not ruin it by trying to have more. At last, when they eventually have to face separation they break down and decide to meet again, at that train station, six months down the line.
The movie ends at that and I LOVE it. All mystery is perfectly saved. We don’t know whether or not they’ll meet again and what happens if so, and I didn’t need to know. It’s a happy ending, but at the same time it isn’t. They go seperate ways, but they have that one night, that one promise and it should’ve been enough.. because well, who says relationships have to last forever?
I like the Sunset sequel less, and the Midnight one least. To avoid spoilers, I will restrain from saying what I think about the two of them, but if you want to keep the romantic fairy tale impression about the movie, you probably should’t watch what happens Before Midnight.
Favorite Before Sunrise quotes :
“It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream, and you in mine, or something.”
“I always saw the world as this place where I really wasn’t meant to be.”
“…I’ll carry you, you’ll carry me, that’s how it could be.. don’t you know me?! don’t you know me by now?!”
Linklater made this movie with a tiny underground hope that Lehrhaupt, the girl he actually met would show up to one of its screenings, she didn’t. She, sadly, had died a few weeks before he started filming the first part of the trilogy.