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Now that I’m (almost) over it, I think I’m ready to blog about the two movies that consumed me much almost two weeks ago. I’ve been asking myself what took me so long to see Before Sunrise while it was released in 1995. That I bought its DVD early this year because it was on sale. It remained unwatched until I randomly picked it from the rack – and there begun my sleepless nights. Hahaha.
Without the necessity of giving further details, I loved Before Sunrise a LOT. That I never had a peace of mind (Lol) until I got its sequel (Before Sunset) few days soon. I don’t know why, but it made me realize a lot of things. I think this movie talks to each one of us, in one or more two ways or another. It’s like watching some bits and pieces of our lives before us.
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I also asked myself, that what if I’m Celine (played by Julie Delpy), would I give in to Jesse’s (Ethan Hawke) invitation for that Vienna stop over? When they knew that they are total strangers yet there is a strong connection, too strong, that bound them from the beginning:
Jesse: Alright, I have an admittedly insane idea, but if I don’t ask you this it’s just, uh, you know, it’s gonna haunt me the rest of my life
Jesse: Um… I want to keep talking to you, y’know. I have no idea what your situation is, but, uh, but I feel like we have some kind of, uh, connection. Right?
Celine: Yeah, me too.
Jesse: Yeah, right, well, great. So listen, so here’s the deal. This is what we should do. You should get off the train with me here in Vienna, and come check out the capital.
Jesse: Come on. It’ll be fun. Come on.
Celine: What would we do?
Jesse: Umm, I don’t know. All I know is I have to catch an Austrian Airlines flight tomorrow morning at 9:30 and I don’t really have enough money for a hotel, so I was just going to walk around, and it would be a lot more fun if you came with me. And if I turn out to be some kind of psycho, you know, you just get on the next train.
Jesse: Alright, alright. Think of it like this: jump ahead, ten, twenty years, okay, and you’re married. Only your marriage doesn’t have that same energy that it used to have, y’know. You start to blame your husband. You start to think about all those guys you’ve met in your life and what might have happened if you’d picked up with one of them, right? Well, I’m one of those guys. That’s me y’know, so think of this as time travel, from then, to now, to find out what you’re missing out on. See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband to find out that you’re not missing out on anything. I’m just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, totally boring, and, uh, you made the right choice, and you’re really happy.
Celine: Let me get my bag.
And well, I admire Jesse’s courage to invite her. Otherwise, they were nothing but total strangers. Thinking about what ifs.
This one’s very amusing:
And I agree with Toni, this is one of the best scenes. This won’t fail to make you smile.
What if Jesse isn’t that goodlooking enough? Maybe Celine would not have agreed to accompany him in his Vienna stop over. Heehee.
Well, maybe, it really happens that you cross path with a stranger and it would feel like you’ve already met each other all your lives. Maybe. But it doesn’t happen every day. So, that explains why it was worth taking the risk to do a Before Sunrise moment for them.
Life is indeed a mixture of regrets, what ifs, choices and risk-taking. And we decide on the percentage that each is going to take.