Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset
Directed by Richard Linklater
Story by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan, screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
(number 116)

The start of this movie states that how you interpret the end of the first one shows whether you’re a cynic or a romantic. The first scene is actually incredibly meta and self referential, especially since Jesse’s book is written about the night he spent with Celine.

They also set to rest very fast the actual ending – just at first they both claim to have not been there. Celine wanted to but her beloved grandmother died and was buried on that very day and Jesse although he had been there doesn’t want to admit it. Of course, Celine sees straight through him and is at first embarrassed and sorry, laughing at him in a very real reaction.

The differences from the first movie are first that it’s in Paris, second that it’s nine years later and third that it’s set during the day time and not over night. It allows for the beauty of Paris to shine through, the beautiful sunny day lighting up the characters, the buildings and the river.

The first movie had a time deadline as well, Jesse getting a flight, but this movie’s time deadline is a lot closer, it’s only a couple of hours they have and she’s forever suggesting he get going and he’s forever suggesting that one more thing they could do together until he’s walking up the steps to her apartment and holding Che the cat. Because of the first movie and because of how much crap these two vent at each other, you really want them to be together. You want the ending to be about the two of them finally making a life together. Although the ending is a bit ambiguous as to what will happen from there but they are together and they are smiling, so… it’s a lot happier.

Does it make me love the people? The same as with the first one, the two leads are charming and interesting. The beautiful thing is that since they are 10 years older the naivete of the characters in the first movie is gone, they’re more worldly and more educated and that’s really nice to recognise when you watch them back to back.

Bechdel test: Again with the no, it’s mostly just Jesse and Celine talking at the other people are mostly not named. Celine talks to her female neighbour but I’m pretty sure it was about Jesse, and of course, the neighbour isn’t named.

Best line:
Celine: No, it’s not even that. I was fine until I read your fucking book, it stirred shit up. It reminded me how romantic I WAS, how I had so much hope in things and now I don’t believe in anything that relates to love. I don’t feel things for people any more.

State of Mind: Love! And sunshine and songs! I want to go to Paris! And write! And also sleep because I watched this film back to back after two others and I am movied out.

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