At this point, I'm all set to start writing on a film that talks about a boy and girl and nobody else. I wish my film to fall under the romance genre that Richard Linklater successfully brought out through his Before Sunrise. At the late hour of the night, I'm all alone at my home, awake. My idea to revisit Before Sunrise was indeed a nice one.
It should be more than three years since I saw the film for the first time. Before Sunrise is still the same. The characters haven't changed and their romance and love is just as it was in the first viewing. The performance of the two characters carry the film throughout the 100 minutes. There are quite a few people who visit their life at different points of the day and night and it is merely the eye of the camera that sees them all through. Linklater has made an exceptionally brilliant talking film about a boy and girl who live beyond their names that was discussed just once in the entire film. The film talks for you and me, for a man and a woman, through a lot of context only to end up as an expression of love. Before Sunrise is just as life is, Richard does not cheat you with slow motion or jump cuts or add music to distract your emotions for the characters. Before Sunrise is a film with a heart as pure as the lovers in the film. It is a story about a relationship that is told, yet untold. I don't know if there are many films that celebrate romance so well. I don't think there is a scene as beautiful as the one at the restaurant when Jesse and Celine act as though they are talking to their friends about meeting each other. The innocence, the joy and love that blossomed are beyond words. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy give one of those performance that I would call the most truthful.
I wonder why I took so long to watch this film a second time. It is strange indeed. But I'm not going to wait too long before I grab a copy of Before Sunset for a second watch.