Reviewed byzetesVote: 9/10/10
I had never heard of this film before a couple of weeks ago, but itsconcept interested me when I heard it: an American man meets a Europeanwoman on his last night in Europe and they spend the night togethertalking. It sparked my interest, but I never expected it to be thisgreat. Before Sunrise is a masterpiece, and it's also one of the mostromantic films on record. To my surprise, it completely lacked thecynicism of the 1990s. It's impossible to really talk too much aboutit, since there is no real plot, so to speak (although there are plentyof thoroughly interesting things you could talk about; it is sort oflike My Dinner With Andre, where there is a conversation, but it's notJUST the conversation that matters), but let me just say, see it. SEEIT!
Reviewed byThe_VoidVote: 8/10/10
Before Sunrise is romance for the slacker generation. RichardLinklater's romantic drama is an offbeat telling of a dream come truefor most people. The film depicts romance in all it's glory, butwithout any of the pitfalls that befall most couples; and in short thefilm is about two people that have a relationship that's as close toperfection as relationships will ever come to - with just one problem,the problem of time. While most relationships wind down with time, thisone keeps going strong throughout and time itself is the only thingthat wears out. Before Sunrise is certainly not the typical sentimental'Hollywood romance', which is another aspect that puts this filmleagues ahead of the pretenders. The story follows two people, Jesse;an American and Celine; a French girl that meet on a train into Vienna.They instantly connect, and after telling her his awful idea for atelevision show and almost getting off the train, Jesse asks Celine tojoin him for the day in the picturesque city of Vienna...
Before Sunrise works principally for two reasons - realistic acting andan immense script that builds the characters through their thoughts andfeelings and thus allows us to get to know them as we do the people inreal life. This allows the characters to be free, and it's easy tobelieve that these are real people and not just actors working from ascript. This also allows us to feel for the characters for who theyare, and not merely because they're the protagonists. This kind ofrealism is hard to capture as, at the end of the day, we as theaudience know that they're watching a film and not observing real life;but Before Sunrise represents one of the truest to life exhibitions ofrealism ever to be seen on screen. A truly great script cannot work onit's own, and needs great actors to deliver it to an extent that doesit justice, and although I'm not a fan of either Julie Deply or EthanHawke; on viewing this film, there is nothing you can do but give themboth respect. I don't know whether they were in character or justplaying themselves, but when a film is this good; it hardly matters.
In a film like this, it is the writing that's the most important thing,and contained within the script are several observations about life,most of which I personally could relate to. This represents whatRichard Linklater has achieved with this script as not only does itcreate and build the characters, but it also manages to expose whattrue love is, along with several other aspects of life. The fact thatnot all the anecdotes are relatable to me personally again representsthe brilliance of writing. Everyone is different, and so differentparts of the script will appeal to different people. There could becertain aspects about one person that one person loves and anotherhates; and that's the case with the musings in this script. Adding tothe beauty of the film is the city of Vienna. The city itself isn'treally important to the film as this is a story that could have takenplace just about anywhere - but it makes for some lovely visuals andthe upbeat, energetic romance that blossoms throughout the movie ismatched by the beauty of the location.
Before Sunrise is simultaneously beautiful and captivating. RichardLinklater has created something that is rare in the world of cinema; afilm that captures the beauty of life without ever going over the topor being overly sentimental. Before Sunrise is what it is. And what itis, is pure cinematic brilliance.
Reviewed byolafraVote: 10/10/10
I want Céline and Jessie go further in their relationship, I want totell them that they were made for each other, that in a lot of momentin the film we want they to die for each other. Their story is what weever wanted and probably most of us never reached. This is about lovebut not stupid things like in "notting hills" or those kind of movie.This is life and i did believe in them, i did believe they werefalling... This was so clever and touching. I have just finished toview it a minute ago and i m still there... I want to go to Vienna. Iwant to see them as soon as possible again.
I have to say i was now becoming misanthropist and felt like if lovewas just a fake, a concept, but with this movie i realized that maybesomewhere, somehow and some when, something could really happen.
I'm french and didn't know very well July Delpy despite Kieslowski"three colors : white"... Now i have to see her other works because shelooks like an angel and got a perfect acting.
i saw "before sunset" (the sequel in Paris) a few days before i saw"before sunrise" and their is no matter. They are both masterpieces.proof that you don't need to impress the eyes with technology to getpure feelings. I'm sorry for my English which i m trying to best.
Franck in France
American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. Passing the time before his scheduled flight the next morning. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away?