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
U.S. Distributor: Columbia Pictures
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