|Fig 1 - Before Sunrise Poster|
I've come to realise I am quite an advocate for romantic comedies when done correctly, and Before Sunrise serves as a great example of this. What the schmaltzy poster doesn't capture is the realism the film manages to achieve through the chemistry of it's leads and the gorgeous cityscape backdrop that feels like a link between their worlds. Jesse is an American and Céline is Parisian, thus they both find common ground in being cultural minorities. Their burgeoning relationship is established from the beginning using extensive shots of their discussions. The long shots give their repartee a very believable feeling and allows the actors time to perform and react to the dialogue as if it were occurring spontaneously. It's clearly influenced by the likes of Annie Hall (1977), though the film only dabbles in the more tedious aspects of 'relationship breakdowns'. In a way it is more comparable to Sunrise (1927) in which a married couple rekindle their love by spending an idealistic day together (minus the murder plot).
|Fig 2 - Before Sunrise - Jesse and Céline|
In a way, I am disheartened to see that the film spawned several sequels. I think there is something to be said for the fact that Jesse isn't running alongside Céline's train at the end, or that Céline doesn't suddenly show up on Jesse's bus. I like to imagine that, as they discuss, perhaps life just got in the way and they never did meet again. Either way, I really enjoyed Before Sunrise more than I expected to. Though it doesn't deviate too far from genre traditions, it's got a charming way of engrossing you in the lives of two strangers and will undoubtedly leave you with a little something in your eye.
Fig. 1 Before Sunrise Poster (1995) From: Before Sunrise - Directed by: Richard Linklater
Fig. 1 Before Sunrise Screenshot (1995) From: Before Sunrise - Directed by: Richard Linklater