Before Sunrise Film – This film presents a romantic duet between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy who play the roles of Jesse and Celine respectively. Before Sunrise premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 1995.
On the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, this 1 hour 45 minute film received a perfect rating of 100% from all critic reviews. The story in this film offers a minimalist plot, and only focuses on the figures of Jesse and Celine.
Jesse himself is a man from America who meets Celine, a girl from France, on a train. The two of them then spent one night walking around the city of Vienna, Austria, until they got to know and like each other.
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Synopsis Before Sunrise Film
On a train from Budapest, Jesse will go to Vienna to catch a flight back to the United States, while Celine has to return to her university in Paris after visiting her grandmother’s house. The two met on the same train, and Jesse started a conversation first to get to know Celine better.
When the train arrived in Vienna, Jesse invited Celine to get off with him. Jesse had to go back to America the next morning, and he didn’t have enough money to stay in a hotel room. The two of them then decided to explore the corners of the city of Vienna until early morning.
After visiting several famous places in Vienna, the two felt even closer. As the sun began to set, they began to feel their relationship becoming more intimate and romantic. Jesse and Celine then engaged in a more open conversation with each other. The two of them seemed to have fun discussing the city of Vienna, love, life, and even religion.
Jesse told Celine that he came to Europe just to spend time with his girlfriend who was studying in Madrid. But when he got there, the relationship didn’t go well and broke up halfway. When he wanted to return to America, he would buy a cheap return flight ticket via Vienna. However, he did not leave immediately and chose to travel around Europe first.
Jesse and Celine are getting closer
The two of them are now getting to know each other more and more, and they are starting to feel attracted to each other. Their journey then stopped at a cafe in the center of Vienna. Jesse and Celine then flirted with each other as if they were having a telephone conversation.
Celine revealed that before Jesse convinced her, he was actually willing to get off the train with her. Meanwhile, Jesse said that if Celine broke up with her boyfriend, he would give her the plane ticket she wanted so she could escape and live more freely.
The night was getting late and they looked like a new couple in love. Even so, Jesse and Celine understand that it is impossible for the two of them to meet again. They then decided to make the most of the remaining time, and ended the night with deeper feelings than before.
Promise to meet at the same place
At that moment, Jesse convinced himself that if he was given a choice, he would marry Celine rather than never see her again. The next day, they will part ways, and the train Celine is riding in prepares to leave. The two did not ask for any contact, and promised to meet at the same place within the next six months.