Monday, March 14, 2011

Before Sunset & Before Sunrise : Movie review

Before Sunrise (1995) & Before Sunset (2004)

            Sometimes in the random walks of life, you meet some strangers with whom you really connect on an emotional level or intellectual level, totally agree to an opinion or statement, seems as of you are speaking to yourself. You tend to be amazed in the moment of resonance when your frequency matches with the frequency of the other person. Well if they happen to be of opposite sex, well this can be tagged soul mate, personally I believe the soul mate concept is overrated and oversold by the matrimony advertisements. But that moment shared has something special to last sometime if not for ever in your life. This movie is just about two strangers striking a pleasant conversation and when you will be expecting something more to be in the story you need to see the sequel Before Sunset. This American guy Jesse who is on a Europe trip on a train only because he does not want to get back home soon, meets a French girl Celine who takes the train too afraid to fly to her home. The fact that Jesse needs to fly back to US in day and seeing that they get along so well, dares to ask her out, in this sense ask her to come out to train, to just walk & talk on the streets of Vienna.They get along so well, they talk for the entire day and believe me the conversations are so interesting, refreshing kind of that it makes you feel its good sometime to take out that ipod or FM earphones and look for such a possibility in bus or train.    

Here’s a quote from the movie - Into the Wild : 

Christopher McCandless: The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences….

Extending this idea, I suppose this includes meeting new people, making new friends, sharing & exploring their personalities, appreciating their thought process etc.

            Well, we meet so many people in life, most of them you do not stay in touch with, some come with a reason to change your life, and some come with a reason to change your life forever. Sometimes we share a special connection, similarity in thoughts, not necessarily similarity in thoughts but considering & respecting each other views & respecting boundaries.

Thanks to nowadays iPods, podcasts, FM etc. people just put them are like holding sign boards, don’t disturb me, I am least interested in you or a possible conversation between us.

There is so much diversity in nature, each one even though raised with same background two people have so much different assumptions, perceptions about life. Who has time for others these days. But sometimes when we are bored being with ourselves only, need a companion to share thoughts, consider what the other person is thinking, etc. They talk about all things under sky & beyond, just casual talk taking no where. Everyone is entitled to their opinions anyway.

          You know this one kind of portrays as a light hearted story, unlike the heavy, intense ones like Shawshank Redemption or Forrest Gump movies which tell the story of a life time, this though is just a moment captured of lives of two random people, and some of the dialogs are very intense, leave you wondering about them.

We see life through our own mindset, through a small window of our perceptions and assumptions, The beauty of a moment is in its virtue that it passes by & this makes it worth living & enjoying it the most. So if you just take a moment to feel its passion,  its glory, its importance, it becomes a memory and then life goes on …some memories you forget, some can never be forgotten.
Totally must watch for its calmness & serenity. 

I love this poem in the movie, may be for its hidden dimensions, it says a lot though : 

Daydream delusion, limousine eyelash 
Oh baby with your pretty face
Drop a tear in my wineglass
Look at those big eyes
See what you mean to me
Sweet-cakes and milkshakes

I'm a delusion angel 
I'm a fantasy parade
I want you to know what I think
Don't want you to guess anymore
You have no idea where I came from 
We have no idea where we're going

Lodged in life
Like branches of a river
Flowing downstream
caught in the the current
I carry you
you carry me
That's how it could be
Don't you know me
Don't you know me by now ?


Unknown said...

Although i do not want to watch these type of movies, your review makes me to watch it :-). A request for you. Please watch India movies (especially Kannada) and give a writeup like this. No problem if it is a negative feedback too...

theoncominghope said...

There's a neat story in one of Roger Ebert's books about the storyline from the film coming to life. I wrote about it here:


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