IMDb Top 250: #213 Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise (1995)

Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.


Have you ever felt broken? Feeling lost, aiming without a purpose? And then, all of a sudden, you find someone with whom you just click. Like the whole world stops and it’s only you and her.

Jesse is an American drifting around Europe in a train. Celine is a French student returning from Budapest. They meet by chance before the train reaches Vienna and after having a nice conversation, Jesse convinces Celine to disembark the train and spend the day with  him, since he has an early flight the next morning and he cannot afford to rent a room for the night. After visiting some landmarks and walking around the city, they share a kiss, which starts to develop into a profound and deep connection. Although in the end they part ways and do not share any personal information, they decide to meet again in 6 months, hoping to keep the romance of the moment.

Before Sunrise is a classical “boy meets girl” story, but with such a charm and sincere emotion, that it is hard not to fall in love with the idea. As people we always strive to have a better connection with those around us and this movie shows just how deep and personal a connection two people can have.  The beauty of this movie is the simple love story that develops between two strangers that make the world their own. Everyone dreams of that perfect connection and here you actually have the front row seat to see its magic…

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