First of all, if you haven’t yet, I urge you to watch the “Before Trilogy”. I was instantly mesmerised watching the first one and couldn’t wait to go through the sequels.
Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the movies follow the characters Jesse and Celine. We first meet them as idealistic twenty-somethings on a Vienna-bound train. Jesse, an American man, meets Celine, a French woman on his last day in Europe before returning to the US, and decides to spend his remaining hours with her. Nine years later we meet them again (Before Sunset), this time for a single afternoon together in Paris. Almost two decades since they first met on that Vienna-bound train, we follow them as they spend a day in Greece, as they grapple with the complexities of long-term intimacy (Before Midnight).
The films consist almost entirely of dialogues between a man and woman. They discuss everything, from hopes, to dreams, to fears, to politics, to relationships. It feels so much like real life, it’s absolutely fascinating. Thought provoking, a celebration of love and life’s fleeting and defining moments, each movie perfectly captures human nature and romance. Exceptionally raw and real, they are to me some of the most romantic movies of all time.
Slate says about the last movie, “as expected, is pitch-perfect… In a manner arguably unequaled in film, Before Midnight captures exactly just what makes it so infuriatingly hard to stay in any relationship.”
Watch them this weekend. Heck, watch them all tonight. You’ll find yourself remembering deep conversations you once had and bittersweet experiences you once lived. They’ll make you feel alive.