I had a lot of free time last weekend, so I did some much needed catching up on some DVDs. There was a handful of films that I thought were really good, so I’ll be reviewing some of them over the next week or so.
is the sequel to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, and is equally amazing. The on-screen chemistry between Ethan Hawke (as Jesse) and Julie Delpy (as Celine) alone makes them worth watching. In the first installment, the two characters meet on a train in Europe and end up walking around Vienna together for the rest of the day. At the end of the film they decide to meet again in six months at the same train station. The second film is set nine years later. Jesse has written a book about their time in Vienna, and is on the last day of his tour in France. Celine meets him after the book signing, and they spend the remaining time together until his flight leaves. Before Sunset retains the casual banter and romance from the first film, but it’s more serious and less fanciful. It shows how the two have grown up, which is shown through their many conversations throughout the film.