Thursday, December 08, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: BEFORE SUNRISE AND BEFORE SUNSET.


THIS WAS A FIRST FOR ME. 
I ALWAYS ENJOYED WATCHING
OVERTLY ROMANTICIZED STORIES,
SAPPY LOVE CONNECTIONS AND
SURREAL FATED-ILL-PLOTS.

I ALWAYS FIND IT LOVELY BECAUSE
I AM A FAN
OF ROMANTIC MOVIES
REGARDLESS
IF THEY MADE
SENSE OR NOT. 

BUT NEVER IN MY
LIFE LONG FANATICISM 
HAD I ENCOUNTERED A STORY
SO MOVING,
SO BLATANT,
AND SO MATTER OF FACT
THAT I FOR ONE ANALYZED 
HOW AM I WHEN I FALL IN LOVE. 


IT MADE ME QUESTION 
THE VERY THOUGHT OF
HAVING THAT
FEELING OF WARMTH, 
CONTENT AND
BLISS WITH SOMEONE.


AND IT MADE ME WONDER,


DOES IT REALLY HAVE TO BE
SOMEONE 
YOU HAVE KNOWN
FOR A LONG TIME?


OR IS IT POSSIBLE THAT
SPENDING A MINUTE
WITH THAT PERSON
COULD FEEL LIKE A LIFETIME?






Two young strangers met and shared
a day together
in Vienna, Austria.
Nine long years after,
they bump into each other again.
These serendipitous circumstances
led them
to question who they are,
what they believe in,
the life they have now,
and 
what really happened in between.




Before Sunrise (1995) 

depicts the life of
young love,
poignant and 
filled with what usually call 
"spark" or "connection"
with a hint of
ambiguity.


Is it really love?
or
just mere infatuation?


After spending a wonderful time together,
the film closes showing the two making a
decision to meet each other again.

Same time, Same place,
After 6 months.




Eyes full of hope and love,
the couple parted ways
and both went to their 
destinations. 




-------------





Jesse, now a best selling author
wrote a novel about the night they
spent in Vienna. 
Celine was there in Shakespeare & Co. where
he made his last stop for his book tour.



But after nine long years,
there were
questions remained unanswered.

The sequel
Before Sunset (2004)
now examines
the time that passed by since
the last night they were 
together,
the unanswered
questions,

the lingering ardor,
and 
the "what ifs?". 






Both older and had gone
through a lot, Jesse and Celine
never lingered 
on bitterness and
resentment.






Instead, they were
idyllically marveled 
by how chance
led them again together.





Adding Paris as its beautiful

back drop, 

nostalgic mementos
resurfaced and
heart wrenchingly uncovered
 a relationship 
filled with 
cryptic truths 
and lets the audience
evaluate themselves

as cynics or
as romantics. 




(and i really fell in love with celine's song
"a waltz for a night".)



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