Before Sunrise is a simple, romantic, comedy movie starring Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. This movie was released in January 27, 1995. It was directed by Richard Linklater. Richard Linklater helped out with the screen writing with Kim Krizan. It was produced by Anne Walker-McBay. The Guardian rated Before Sunrise number 3 at being the most romantic film of all time. When it was first released it received many positive reviews.
Summary of the plot of Before Sunrise
This movie is about James also known as Jesse, an American tourist and a French student named Celines, encounter on a train from Budapest to Vienna. The train reaches Vienna and Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna because he thought that they really connected and didn’t have enough money for a hotel. They both roam around and enjoyed each other’s company. They goofed off by prank calling their friends and talked about their recent broken relationships. They both were dumped by their ex’s and were depressed. They start developing feelings for each other. They spoke about things they would never tell anyone. They basically wanted to make the most out of the time they had left together. Jesse specifically says that if he was given a choice, he would have married Celine. As the day went by, they decided to meet back in the same place in 6 months.
My thoughts on the Movie
When I first saw the movie, I got confused because I thought that I chose the wrong video and was watching the movie dubbed in another language due to the German couple arguing in German but a few minutes later the guy (Jesse played by Ethan Hawkes) starts talking in English. I thought the German couple arguing in the beginning was hilarious because I did not understand a bit of it. I found it odd that the two main characters, Jesse and Celine, hit it off while being such complete strangers to each other. Coincidentally, in my people power politics class we were having this argument that Americans, except the people sitting in the classroom, are stupid for only knowing one language but that has a lot to do with English being a common language and the need for knowing another language (that’s what my class made said). These two were talking about this topic, too. On the train, they talked about their past experiences, parent’s expectations of them, fears, and goals. Personally, I would never talk to any stranger by themself on a train but eh, it’s just a movie. Also, the fact that she agreed to go roam around Vienna with him without even knowing his name made me think that she is careless. Honestly, I thought that was really stupid of her to do that but like I said it’s just a movie. But what I liked about the part when Jesse was convincing her to stay with him in Vienna is how he reassured her that if she thought that he was a psycho she can still grab another train. Also, the way he says that she might regret it in the future when she is tired of her married life and thinks back to when she could’ve enjoyed her time with him in Vienna. I loved it when they both realize that Jesse’s stop came. The expression on both of their face was like “No, I want to talk more to this person.” I think that’s when I realized that they are already falling for each other. I liked the part when Jesse moved his hand to take her hair out of her face but then at the last second he backs away. That was a really cute moment. I loved that Celine talks about how she hates that the “media” is trying to control their minds and is a new form of fascism because it reminds me of this class. Basically in this film nothing much happens and they just talk about random things like if they believe in reincarnation and the things they hate. That sounds boring but it was portrayed in such an entertaining way that it was not boring. It is a chick flick. It contains comedy, romance, sad moments, and hilarious moments. The last train station scene in which they both give there farewells to each other reminds me of a Indian movie scene ( which I will compare this movie with down below) where the main leads give their farewells to each other but that is just the beginning of their love story. Many people think that Before Sunrise was realistic but I did not (I read some people’s comments on YouTube which said that this movie was realistic). I think that no one in the right mind would go out with a total stranger in a city that they have never been to. It just seems so stupid and illogical. I thought the movie was very romantic and good but unrealistic in some ways that i described above ( where I mentioned it’s just a movie means it does not happen in real life or is less likely to happen.). I felt that if they had added more problems in this movie it would have turned out better. But I would rate this film 7.5 out of 10 just because it did not make me lose interest in it and the funny aspect in it was good. I think that this is one of those movies you at any time. This movie made me want to watch the sequel Before Sunset, which is when Jesse and Celine meet after 9 years( or so i have read). Before Sunset, the sequel was considered to be better than the first one by some critics so I really want to watch it.
Similarities between Before Sunrise and a Bollywood movie
This film reminds me of a Bollywood movie called Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The brave hearted will take the bride), which was also coincidentally (hmm) released in 1995 but on October 20. It is also a romantic comedy and is about two people meeting in a train going to the same place however, they, at first, did not like each other. Due to them missing the train, they had to work together to get back home. They, like Celine and Jesse, start talking about their personal lives and start to fall in love. They also goof off as Simran (the heroine in the film) gets drunk like when Celine and Jesse make prank calls. Later, Raj (the hero in the film) goes to her home to declare his love to Simran (the heroine in the film). Although, this film has a lot more going on it has a lot of similarities with Before Sunrise. In Before Sunrise at the end, the main leads separate promising to meet again in the train station but at the end of DDLJ, the two main leads actually meet while the train is going. The picture below is that scene in the film, which is considered very epic. This movie was one of the best Indian films and is still remembered today. I actually liked both ending scenes of the two movies. In DDLJ, the intermission scene in which they return to their homes ( it’s a song sequence) is quite similar to the ending scene of Before Sunrise but I won’t post it so that it won’t be too confusing.
The other two pictures below are the first meetings of the two couples in these two movies , which happens on a train.
I would recommend both of these movies to anyone who loves romantic comedy films. ( I know I’m mostly suppose to be discussing Before Sunrise but I can’t help but recommend DDLJ, too).