#204: Before Sunrise (1995)

When and how did I watch this?

October 21st, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

It’s the prequel to Before Sunset. The foreknowledge primed me for what would inevitably happen, since the sequel sort of summarizes everything.

What do I know about it now?

The movie is essentially the same, but the on-screen chemistry between Hawke and Delpy is no less fiery. However, at times I kind of got that indie/grunge vibe that was prevalent with movies in the 90s (see Clerks, or shows like My So-Called Life), and the idea of making it casual and sort of unscripted didn’t ring as true to me this time around.  It was charming at times, but it felt like they were sort of wandering around, perhaps being the point all along.  At the same time, the couple entered into profound conversations similar to the sequel, albeit reflecting their lack of life experience. All in all, their respective humanity shone through, making most of their budding romance seem warm.

What are some themes in the film?

Fate, self-determination, God/humanism

Did this affect me personally?


Why is this ranked #204?

This is the original between the two films, bolstering it slightly.  I don’t think anything is better or worse than the other — they both make excellent films.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She really enjoyed it, but then again, she didn’t see the sequel with me.

Would I watch it again?

Probably.  The baby was particularly difficult this night, making some of the content difficult to absorb.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes, but watch them in order.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I think so.  I’m really upset that I watched these out of order — it’s possible this would have been more meaningful for me.  Nonetheless, the same style, the real life feel of the picture and lack of frill, is/was unique and it works better than most films that tend to bloat them with effects and twists.

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