#1 Richard Linklater – Before Sunrise

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
– Aristotle 

Isn’t romance the most common, yet strikingly difficult way to connect with people? The common misconception is linking romance with love. Well, in most cases, it is true. But romance is much more than just love. It is the excitement and mystery, the sudden urge of pushing yourself beyond reason and indulging outside the boundaries of your body. And I feel romantic these days.

Before Sunrise takes place as an American youngster meets a French girl on a train, and they decide to spend the evening together in Vienna. Jesse (Ethan Hawke), asks Céline (Julie Delpy) to get down with him at Vienna, just after a few minutes of conversation. And she agrees. And they explore the city, as they share a few of their random and intimate thoughts about, everything. They fall in love with each other. And in the end, promise to meet at the same place after 6 months and resume their respective lives. That’s all.

The basic idea of having just a few hours with someone interesting is extremely fascinating. You see, all of our friends, love interests are interesting people. We like something about them, that’s why we choose to interact with them. But over the period of time, we run out of interest in them. The freshness fades away. But what if we had only about 12 hours with them. Wouldn’t we talk about absolutely everything? And the best part is, even if we screw up, even if our honest opinions contradict with their opinions, it is alright. Because after some time, we don’t have to bear the burden of being with them.

As our characters explore, the camera moves with them. Literally moves with them. The idea of the film is being realistic, without the drama of choppy editing. We indulge into simple, tracking shots, only adding subtle highlights when required with a close up. The whole film is a conversation. Contradicts to the convention that a film is a visual medium and dialogue must be kept to its minimum. If it is interesting and well crafted, anything goes.

Our life is a reflection of ourselves. We see others, but we can never see how we look like, what we are. The movie revolves around the discovery of one’s self through a significant other. The characters converse with each other, which essentially creates an impact on their own lives. The film refers to someone you might know. Someone whose name will suffice and add more meaning to the unique writing style the film has adopted. The film takes place on Bloomsday and the person I am talking about is James Joyce. 

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