Before Sunset

On the flight home on Sunday night, there was only one film on offer that I really felt like watching – Before Sunset, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy: two kids, who met seven years ago while inter-railing (or equivalent), happen to meet again after nine years; he’s written a book about their brief romance and she comes to the Paris book launch, and they spend an hour and a half talking (this film is true to the Aristotelian principles as few others are). I’m a sloppy romantic at heart, plus I have happy memories of inter-railing with girlfriends, so I was all set to enjoy the film, and I’m delighted to report that I did. (Plus it starts in one of my favourite bookshops in the whole world, but I didn’t know that in advance.)

Best moments (these are not spoilers; you’ll have to see the film to get the context, and if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean):

  1. When Celine nearly touches Jesse.
  2. Her line, “I lived on 11th and Broadway.”
  3. His line at the very end: “I know.”

Imagine my unexpected joy (and since all the rest of you actually watch films from time to time, you will all no doubt snigger at my ignorance) to discover that this is actually a sequel to Before Sunrise, the story of their romantic train journey nine years ago. Must buy that on DVD.

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