The ‘Before’ trilogy by Richard Linklater is a ‘Boy meets girl’ story that spanned across 18 years. Each time, an American boy and a French girl spending a few hours in a Cinderella-like mode. In the first film ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995) they met in Vienna and fell in love, out of love and back together again during a single night before the boy has to leave by sunrise. You get that rule with ‘Before Sunset’ (2004) and ‘Before Midnight’ (2013) too.
As the time passed and their conversations deepen into religion, sex, death, marriage, romance, gender, parents, childhood, friends and value system, you get two very innocent kids trying to find love in the world. I just finished the second film where they ran into each other in Paris 9 years later. He is now a successful author, married with a kid. She is now an activist in a relationship. They seem to have traded their positions in these few years, with him a realist becoming a romantic, and her an idealist harden and detached from people. This time round, they were more coy and in their languages, there were more avoidance, misdirection and self protection - all the distilled vulernability of loss love.
No matter how long it passed and which direction they took in life, their night was that magnet that pulled them into the memories of each other, with each touch, each kiss and every single word spoken. He wrote a book about her and she wrote a song about him.
The films like the art too spent two 9 years apart in making, allowing us to follow the story of Jesse and Celine aging and talking away before their time runs out. I look forward to concluding part of the series.
#beforeseries #theregottabesomethingmoretolovethancommittment #extremeHTHT