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Before Sunrise (1995) – Movie Review

Have you ever seen a film that left you speechless for just how good it is? You know, I have never exactly been into romance movies. I´m more into action flicks and indie movies, so I wasn’t into these kind of movies. However, I wanted to try watch at least one romance movie and I had to choose Before Sunrise, the first film in the Before trilogy. Needless to say, I was surpised by this film, as it blew my mind by its optimistic, realistic depiction of romance and the genuine chemistry between the two lead actors.

Before Sunrise focues on two strangers, Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train on the way from Budapest to Paris and upon having a conversation, they begin to form a bond together. As they arrive to Vienna to spend a night together before they head to Paris, Jesse and Celine begin to know each other and end up forming romantic feelings towards one another.

While the story is very basic, the way it decides to tell that story is beautiful. The story is told throught the conversations and dialogue scenes that Jesse and Celine share throughout the film and we get to know more about these characters. The dialogue scenes are very well-written and it doesn’t come off as scripted or forced. It all sounds natural and it’s exactly how two people falling in love interact. Director Richard Linklater does a great job in showcasing the human aspects of postmodren romance and making the relationship between the two lead characters believable.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply are magnificent in their roles and they share wonderful chemsitry throughout the film. What I love about this chemistry is that both actors manage to make it believeable and it comes off naturally instead of two actors reading dialogue from a screenplay. The filmmaking aspects are also worth-praising; the cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking, as the camerawork manages to showcase the beautiful landscapes of Vienna. Speaking of which, choosing Vienna as the main location of the film was a smart choice. The score by Fred Frith is great and the editing keeps the film at a nice pace.

The only complaints I have about the film is that there are some scenes that slow the movie down, but it doesn’t detract from the experience, as Before Sunrise is easily one of the most incredible films I’ve ever seen. It’s charming, funny and smart and it will keep you hooked from start to finish. I’m planning on reviewing the rest of the Before trilogy soon.



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