Before Sunrise

Because ‘Boyhood’ affected me very deeply, I wanted to see Richard Linklater’s acclaimed trilogy ‘Before Sunrise’ and its sequels. Sadly, I was only able to do so today, a whole three months after I watched ‘Boyhood’. Linklater’s signature long takes and the ever engrossing script make for excellent viewing. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy fit their roles to perfection!

It’s a slightly surreal feeling to realise that one stranger,one night can change the course of your entire life. The film portrays the emotion of sharing and understanding a person beautifully. The long take scene on the tram and the scene when Julie talks about God and says-

“I believe if there’s any kind of God it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.”

are wonderfully etched out. Never a dull moment, never an unwanted frame.

A film for the ages.


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