Tuesday, 8 April 2008

A day can change a life

Ethan Hawke (Dead Poets Society, Training Day) and Julie Delpy (Investigating Sex, The Three Musketeers) starred Before Sunrise, a movie you never know you would like it or hate it. The plot follows the romance formula: a man meets a woman and they fancy each other. But there is something different in the film that makes you like or dislike the movie: there is no action, they just talk; when they don’t speak, there is just silence. They don’t talk rubbish stuff but topics like reincarnation or sexual experiences, and they just have known each other recently!

These two characters (an American man and a French woman) have met on a train. He is going to Vienna and she is going to Paris. When he has to leave the train, he convinces her to accompany him around the city for a day. She accepts the invitation and they stay together, as they were on the train, talking about life, love, fate and everything about it.

Maybe what makes special this film is the good performance of the actors, the direction (the timing and camera movements and angles are nice) and, perhaps how natural, the story goes, close to reality. Perhaps it is the relationship of both characters: they look comfortable with each other and they answer the questions they ask to each other, such as what was her first sexual experience and what he thinks about love; and they tell different thoughts, jokes or anecdotes. For example, when they are sat down in a bench of a church and he told her the story of man who has a coin and asks another man if he believes in God, so if he says the right answer he gets the coin, and he says yes but it was the wrong answer.

Anyway, you just need to give an opportunity and watch Before Sunrise to see what I have already told you in this written work.


United States, 1995
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Director: Richard Linklater
Producer: Anne Walker-McBay
Screenplay: Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan
Cinematography: Lee Daniel
Music: various
U.S. Distributor: Columbia Pictures



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