August 16, 2013

Sunrise. Sunset. Midnight.

Three things you should do at some point in your life:

1. Watch Before Sunrise. It’s like some male fantasy. Meet a French girl on the train, fuck her, and never see her again.

2. Watch Before Sunset. “I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.”

3. Watch Before Midnight. I loved the way you sing, okay? I fucked up my whole life because of the way you sing.

It's probably the most important, non-bullshitting love story in cinema. Most love stories on screen are encapsulated in a one-inch frame of time, making them incomplete and motionless. But this is something else. These three films capture three days between Jesse and Celine: Vienna in 1994, Paris in 2003, Greece in 2012. The dialogue is magical, covering some of the most profound ideas about romantic love, like “If that kind of desperate passion lasted forever, if we were all stuck in a constant state of arousal, it would become exhausting and we’d never get anything done” and My great grandmother's big advice was to not be consumed with romantic love. Friendships and work, she said, brought her the most happiness. I mean, like, RIGHT? There's so much dialogue like these that nothing happens, yet everything happens. Watch it. If you don't, well baby, you are gonna miss that plane.