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    Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) & Before Midnight (2013): Movie Series Review

    Bold ideas, shocking plot twist and big budget are not truly requisites for a successful movie. Sometimes, the small ones have the greater impact on the hearts and minds of the audience. In his “Before” movie series, director Richard Linklater brings us simple love stories with resonating values. 

    The series is all about Jesse (played by Etham Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), and their journey towards friendship, love and marriage. The movies were created nine years apart and each took place in one setting. Philosophical in nature, the “Before” series is overflowing with dialogues and heated arguments. The main characters are continually debating while walking, exploring places or reminiscing the moments these places remind them of. Though the couple have quite opposing personalities (Jessie being cynical and Celine being romantic), they always reconcile in the end, with hope and greater love. 

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    Before Sunrise (1995). The movie begins on June 16, 1994 with Jesse and Celine meeting each other on a train from Budapest. Celine is returning to a university in Paris while Jesse is catching a flight back to the United States early in the next morning through Vienna. They strike up a friendly conversation and Jesse manages to convince Celine to disembark with him. As Jesse does not have enough money to rent a room for the night, the couple decide to wander around Vienna.

    They walk, talk and visit some landmarks in Vienna. They converse on diverse topics like love, life, religion, politics and about the city. At the top of the Wiener Riesenrad, they share a kiss and a romantic connection is instantly established. The kiss makes them more comfortable and they become more open with each other. Celine confesses that her boyfriend broke up with her six months before because she loved him too much. On the other hand, Jesse reveals the true reason why he is in Europe – that is to spend time with his girlfriend in Madrid, only to be avoided.

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    The night wanes and the two continue to walk and talk. At the Donaukanal, they encounter a man who writes them a poem. Soon, they admit their attraction to one another and knowing they may not see each other again, the couple end the night making love under the sky. 

    The next day, the two go back to the train station. After deciding not to exchange contact information, they agree to meet at the same place after six months.



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