This movie is oh-so-absolutely perfect. I’m usually a very critical person, but I have no suggestions on how this could have been filmed better. Before Sunrise is about two young people, a man and a woman, who meet on a train in Europe. They spend the day with one another in Vienna, using their precious allotted time with one another talking and getting to know each other. They share their philosophical ideas on love, life, death, and the future.
The two discuss their scattered ideas, which makes it all the more wonderful to watch. They give you an opportunity to imagine events and continue their thoughts yourself. I also like the year this movie was set in. In 1995, they could call one another or send letters. Today, they would’ve exchanged Facebook names and probably would’ve never spoke to one another again. It’s great to see something set in a simpler time, where cellphones and electronics and social media and whatnot do not get in the way of conversation.
This movie is perfect to watch when you’re looking for something to think about, something to make you appreciate the time you are given, or if you just want to watch a great love story. It is thought-provoking and heart-warming, and it leaves you with the opportunity to fill in the blanks of what could be.
SPOILER BELOW (kinda)
Probably what I love so much about it is that it is not a perfect love story. The two do not confess love to one another, rather they express their doubts about love and their future. They do not run away with one another, they do not marry. They say their hasty goodbyes and promise to meet again, to the viewer’s delight. It leaves one wondering if their plans work out.
If you do ever watch this movie, I really hope you’ll love it as much as I do.