Before Sunrise: A Timeless Tribute To Conversations
One Friday evening, as I was feeling a bit lonely and homesick with nothing much to do, not even strolling on the terrace viewing the ever so beautiful mountains since it was raining hard- thus it also contributing to my gloomy mood, I decided to watch Before Sunrise. Yes, once again. A first for me. I rarely re-watch a movie. Yearning for a light-hearted yet meaningful conversation this was the best choice I had. My hostel mates were out in the city and all the people I called up were busy. Luck by chance. Thanks to the superb uninterrupted internet connection I had a great 1 hour 40 minutes that evening.
"Experiencing the otherworldly. When morning comes, we would all turn into pumpkins."
Jesse and Celine get their palm read by a fortune teller for a few shillings; get themselves a poem written by an aspiring roadside poet with a word 'milkshakes' incorporated in it for another few shillings; watch a band perform at a nightclub; witness the birth dance in yet another nook of the city; browse through a vinyl record studio and listen to one in the listening booth while giving fleeting glances to each other. Call me old school, but this is very much romantic.
Travelling on trams without a plan where to get down at, getting on trains while having light banter, reading a book and gossiping about co-passengers is fun too. And the parting is inevitable since this is life. I loved that they decided not to exchange their addresses or contact details since it was stupid and they were mature sensible adults. People meet again if they have to, and don't even after lots of trying if they are not destined to.
This is a movie that takes us back to all those first meets that were just too impactful to be forgotten. I cannot remember any other film that was just about a powerful connection & fleeting romance. The details hold magic. It's poetic how life happens when you choose to linger and bare your soul in the comfort of conversations. Each of us has some of such enchanted evenings that we hold dear and close to our heart. It might have led nowhere but we are glad that it happened in our time and savour it forever.
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