Saturday, 21 February 2015

Before the Sunrise,Sunset and Life

Before the Sunrise is one of my favourite movies of all times. I am sure it's on your special list too perhaps for the same reasons it is on mine: it's light, down to earth, romantic without being cheesy, it’s in Vienna, and perhaps most importantly – awakening the teenage in me -  I love Ethan Hawke when he was still cute and playing the American “I –want-to-be-a-writer” guy.
(From here)
These are the reasons it took me over a year to watch Before the Sunset after it was released. I was really afraid I would be disappointed, plus sequel number two is never really good. Ask yourself about Rocky II? - I don’t even remember what the story is about. Lord of the Rings II? - Absolute torture. Star Wars II? - Best bit is the kissing scene between Natalie Porter and the future Lord Vader and the list of bad sequels can go on and on.  
When I finally did watch Before the Sunset, I was surprised I liked it. The director was quite clever in choosing the time of day (sunny late afternoon), the location the low-key-cute-cosy bookshop and and in Paris; any romantic movie gets extra points for being set in Paris, even the bad ones. The end was intelligent, kinda of cute and left me sighing and thinking: yes! It's destiny (though he was still married).
So you know why I didn't run to the cinema when Before Midnight came around. Another good sequel?  Mission impossible, I thought and I was right.
The third, and I think final movie narrating the life-long love story of these two characters, is quite sad and decadent in comparison to the other two. Now worn out by the years, of the real "sacrifice" that is living in Paris and away from the States (come on Jesse!), and raising twins Nina and Ella (seriously? how creative), Jesse and  Celine are the portrait of couples on the brink of a mental breakdown. 
The dialogues are too real for my liking (yes, I don't need crude reality, I don't watch BB for a reason). If the idea behind the two previous movies was to portray love as something possible and achievable; the third seems to send a subliminal message that love is not really worth the sacrifice. 
There are moments when the conversations really showed a one-sided and disrespectful relationship. The bickering and resentment (for having left his kid behind when he met Celine again and divorced  his wife) were so obvious that I ended up asking myself if it was really worth it for him to have missed the plane in movie two.
Maybe the high note in the end came a little too late. All couples have their issues and, I completely understand and can relate to that. I don't believe in fairy-tales relationships, life is as hard as it is, and playing perfect is just too much work. Despite all that, I am still a romantic. I still believe a relationship doesn't need to necessarily get worse with time (or because of time) and because of more responsibility = kids.

Relationships don't have a life of their own (does it? tell me why you think that); they are made by two persons, of their choices and decisions. So sometimes, I think that up to a level it is our choice to make the relationship hard, and difficult or happy and satisfying. The third film, which should have been the best movie (usually they are), was more like a pessimistic view of life and love.

But I still love these two characters and their story. After all, life is made of cloudy days too but the fact remains that I agree with Einstein all-the-way... I just can't help it. 
(From here)

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