Before Sunrise

I never liked Uma Thurman. Never. No matter how good her performance was on Pulp Fiction (so I’ve heard..) even if she stared in that Batman flick in the 90’s. I don’t care if she’s tall and exotic looking. I just don’t care. What pisses me off more about her is the fact that she once married Ethan Hawke.

The first time I saw Ethan Hawke was on that movie he and Thurman starred in before they called it quits, I forgot the title but I know it’s kind of set in the future (now checking google..) oh yeah, right, it was on Gattaca. Nice movie though. Just didn’t find Uma interesting.

Anyway, when I did saw Gattaca on AXN I didn’t like Ethan Hawke either. I was kind of blurring everyone out on a movie that starred Jude Law so I can only see and observe Jude Law so I didn’t really noticed Ethan Hawke. And yes, I basically erased the fact that Uma Thurman was in it too.

During those Gattaca days, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were like one of the biggest couples in Hollywood. I was one of those people who didn’t know why and didn’t care why. When they divorced in 2004, their names and faces just streamed into my head but I didn’t really care.

When I finally saw Reality Bites though, now that was a different story. Who knew Ethan Hawke was a cute, philosophical, artistic, and rugged boy in the nineties whom you just couldn’t get your mind off even when he does all that shit to Winona? He was just irresistible and adorable.. ugh.. you’ll just wish that you were either a.) Winona Ryder or b.) he was that sexy wit-talking best friend who just wants to see you wake up in the morning and sleep with you all through the night.. Sighhhhhhh….

Anyway, this review’s about Hawke’s other successful rom-com-drama movie in  the 90’s, Before Sunrise stars him and the beautiful Julie Delpy. Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused.. no,  not you. That was his movie. Oh, not familiar eh? He also directed School of Rock.), the whole movie’s set in the beautiful streets of Vienna. In the summer of ’94, Jesse and Celine meet on a train that’s headed to Vienna and Paris. After a couple of hours talking about death, dreams, and life in particular Jesse decides to bring Celine with her on his final day in Europe just before he catches back a plain to the US the next day at 9:30. With a few hours left to spare, the two share a connection with each other by talking about their opinions on relationship, married life, religion, their exes, and how one of them is like an old boy and the other an old woman stuck in a 23-year-old’s body. Jesse which is of course played by Ethan Hawke is somewhat a romantic and a cynic, Celine on the other hand is seemingly a romantic and a little hesitant about some topics.

Everything happens in only a matter of hours. The plot is simple but how the camera follows the two during their walks, and the rich dialogue makes us feel that we’re either one of them, not removing the thought of what might happen once the morning arrives. Yet still trying as much as possible to savor every moment, every word said, and every action done. In the end, Celine takes her train to Paris and Jesse takes his flight back to Texas. No phone numbers, no addresses, no last names. Just a memory to live by and remember forever.

I’m kind of delighted with the ending.. which will make you want to watch it’s sequel, Before Sunset to find out if they do meet again? Isn’t it just a bummer to meet someone whom you feel extremely connected with but aren’t sure if it would be the right thing to give your phone number, e-mail address or your location in the next three to four months? It’s always in the thought of that moment. The what-ifs and the should have- could haves always get in the way. Just a bummer.