A few days ago, I confessed that I don’t have favorites, but that might have been a little bit of an exaggeration. I have some favorites, and they include Before Sunrise
and Before Sunset:
These movies, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, focus on the relationship between Jesse and Celine, two 23-year-old strangers who meet on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise, which was released in 1995. Then, nine years later in 2004, Before Sunset catches up with them, when they are both 32. Before Midnight, which came out in theaters on Friday, finds them in 2013, at age 41. And it is fantastic. Beautiful, bittersweet, emotional, universal. I’ve loved this series since I was in high school and I was nervous that a third movie wouldn’t live up to the beauty of the first two.
(I’ve been known to be wrong. Occasionally.)
You should all watch these three movies immediately. I am crying just thinking about them. They are that good.