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Before Sunrise Before Sunset

Before Sunset

It has been a long time since I wrote my last blog. Yes, I was in vacation while working on my other writings and now I am back in the town, I spend most of my time, going from a place to another, which takes me at least 1 hour in crazy Istanbul traffic jam.

I was planning to write about these movies for a long time. It has a special place in my cinema memoir since it based on travel and love. See both together on the scene, it gives an unforgettable happiness, dream, hope about love and a certain unexpected tranquility, at least to me.

Before Sunrise which is the first movie of the serie, began with the train rails view accompanied with classical music in the context of Vienna. Plenty of people who travel with trains across Europe. The feeling inside them is a shaky baby cradle voyage probably. Some of them are thinking what to eat or cook when they will be returned to home. Or some of them are feeling how to unpack their luggages.

They are calmy reading their books. The trip is heading to Austria. An Austrian couple is fighting. Our french girl, Celine (Julie Delpy), is bothered from this annoying couple, unable to concentrate on her book and changed its place, next to an American boy, Jesse (Ethan Hawke), who is reading as well. In that moment, Celine is noticing him and Jesse to her. But Jesse who can’t resist to content himself just only by looking to her, commences the first conversation which will continue one whole day long. They began to talk from random things but not that shallow. They are not asking themselves directly their names or what are they doing in life, they are beginning the conversation smoothly and are continuing it on the lunch place of train. Obstacle is Jesse has to descend from the train on the Austria but Celine will continue her journey up to Paris. Randomly, suddenly Jesse return to persuade Celine to continue their conversation in Austria. Totally random person, they don’t know each other at all, there is no reason they trust each other, but that moment when Jesse asked Celine to come with him, is the moment when you know you can trust that person. This feeling is rare but somehow you know that the person is trustworthy ,maybe in the world of the dreamers, you want to believe. Everyday you live in a box with the fear of strangers, especially if you live in a big city, it’s impossibile to trust someone. But Celine is a relax and “carpe diem” person, she is the type of letting people get into her life, not covering herself from the moment. That’s why she suffered from love a lot, which we will learn after, she has no complex at all. Jesse is a little bit childish and like adolescent in a way, full time dreamer and romantic as well and for the female viewers of the movie, is like a total dream boy. He is handsome, polite, can make intellectual conversation, he is always on the go, he is doing totally random and unexpected things, he is caring and while he speaks toward you, looks directly into your eyes. He is really paying attention what you are talking about and can continue a conversation. Who can reject such a type? But as the movie goes, we understand more of his character. He is not a psychopathic at all, but like everybody else he is not perfect. Like Celine. As they talk and getting know each other, are doing some different activities in Vienna, we are observing their state of  “not being perfect”.

After doing many different conversation, mostly about man and women relationships, they ended up promising themselves to see each other after 6 months, in december at the Vienna train station.

How come a movie can be that fascinating without even seeing some action or anything interesting, only conversation, love and good views of an European city? I think mostly travelers, backpackers and somehow people who like doing random things in life are a big admirer of that film. We all want to meet completely random person on the street without have the concern to influence a man or women of our entourage. A stranger on the road is like a new meal that you never tasted, you are wondering what’s like and if that person is from another nationality the differences and the things that you can discover is increasing and the level of curiosity as well.

The second film “Before Sunset” filmed after 9 years, they waited that our characters became old. It’s obvious that they couldn’t make it, they couldn’t see each other after 6 months like they promised on the train station.

The movie opens in the Shakespeare’s Bookstore in Paris, inside Jesse giving interview to the journalists. He came to Paris to introduce his new book which inspired from the love adventure of 9 years in Vienna with Celine. After the interview when Jesse get out from the bookstore, saw Celine, waiting for him. This is the unexpected thing for Jesse, and he became so excited because he said that he waited for that moment so long, now it’s normal that he surprised. They begin immediately to talk and walk again. Celine is now working for an environmental protection organization and Jesse became a writer. At the beginning of their conversation, it’s noticed that they are not that honest to each other like 9 years ago. They grew up, they aren’t 24 anymore. They have more responsibilities, they are living their own lives. They found themselves sitting in a caffe near to the bookstore. We are seeing again fascinating sightseeing of Paris, narrow and cute streets, which seems to be poetic to us. Probably if we ever go in that bookstore in Paris and then walk these streets we will have the sense of live in a movie scene, but without Jesse or Celine next to us.

They began again talk endlessly but interesting subject again. Celine came to be very idealistic person, she is very active in environmental issues and she is involved with social project. That’s why Jesse is admiring her saying that she is really doing something meanwhile he has the feeling that he is not dealing with that much with idealistic issues. The talk between them at the very beginning is not about love comparing with the conversation of the 9 years ago, they are talking about world issues. But then as they are walking next to each other, they became to talk about 9 years ago and their relationships nowadays. Jesse became a married man with one boy meanwhile Celine is still single, jumping a relationship from another, she became tired of that process, searching for someone and marry with him. She became a model of single, successful, calm women, who feed cat in the house and neurotic in a way. She lose her faith in the real love and now she turned into a women that’s desperately searching for love but inside not believing true or romantic love which cause her an emptiness. While Jesse keeps telling her that’s she was the only one for him and he dream for a while everyday of her. Jesse showed after that 6 months later in Vienna but Celine couldn’t because of her grandmother funeral. The day that she must showed herself in that train station, her grandmother died. After that information Jesse relieved but somehow he regretted all the time why Celine didn’t showed up. He keeps thinking that their lives can be so much different and he said that even if he is married and have a child. That’s why Celine pissed off, she became angry with him, she missed the times when she was full of hope and now she grew up, the emptiness and the dreamer state of her just gone away.

These two films want to tell about something to us, maybe not loosing faith for love or living random beautiful things in life or not to talk to strangers for not feel sorry after not live a longdistance relationships. I’am just kidding about the part to not talk with strangers phrase but still, we have to letting in people in our lives, sometimes we must not to thing too much, being a child for a moment. This is a very cliché things to say; don’t lose the child inside you but even I didn’t think one day I will end up using that phrase I want to use it for this film, because it fits. As we getting older we are limiting ourselves living, because we have so much more responsibilities. And sometimes the wanted can’t be lived because of the circumstances, whatever we do, we can’t reach to our shinny hopes in life.


August 16, 2009 - Posted by | Movies

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