Before Sunrise

Synopsis: American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
R
Year:
1995
101 min
1,217 Views

Do you have any idea

what they were arguing about?

Do you speak English?

Yeah.

No. I'm sorry,

my German is not very good.

Have you heard that

as couples age...

...they lose their ability

to hear each other?

No.

Supposedly, men lose their ability

to hear high-pitched sounds...

...and women lose hearing

in the low end.

I guess they nullify each other.

I guess. Nature's way of allowing

couples to grow old together...

...without killing each other.

What are you reading?

Oh, yeah.

How about you?

I was thinking about going

to the lounge car.

- Would you like to come with me?

- Yeah.

Okay.

How do you speak such good English?

I went to school for a summer

in Los Angeles.

- It's fine here?

- Yeah, this is good.

And I spent some time in London.

- Wow.

- How do you speak such good English?

Me? I'm American.

- You're American? Are you sure?

- Yeah.

No, I'm joking.

I knew you were American.

And you don't speak

any other language, right?

Yeah, yeah.

I get it, I get it.

I'm the crude, dumb,

vulgar American...

...who doesn't speak other languages,

who has no culture. But I tried.

I took French in high school.

When I first got to Paris...

...I stood in line

at the metro station.

I was practicing.

Whatever.

And I get up there,

and I look at this woman...

...and my mind goes blank. And I say,

"I need a ticket to get to... "

So anyway...

So where are you headed?

Well, back to Paris.

- My classes start next week.

- You're still in school? Where?

La Sorbonne. You know?

Sure.

You're coming from Budapest?

- I was visiting my grandmother.

- Oh. How is she?

She's okay.

- She's all right?

- She's fine.

- How about you? Where are you going?

- I'm going to Vienna.

Vienna?

What's there?

No idea.

I'm flying out of there tomorrow.

You're on holiday?

I don't really know what I'm on.

You know?

I've just been traveling around,

riding trains for two or three weeks.

You were visiting friends

or just on your own?

I had a friend in Madrid, but...

- Madrid, that's nice.

- I got a Eurail pass...

...is what I did.

That's great.

So has this trip around Europe

been good for you?

Yeah, sure. It's been...

It sucked.

What?

It's had its...

I'll tell you, sitting for weeks on end

looking out the window...

...has actually been kind of great.

What do you mean?

Well, you know, for instance...

...you have ideas that you

ordinarily wouldn't have.

- What kind of ideas?

- Want to hear one?

- Tell me.

- All right.

I have this idea, okay,

for a television show.

Some friends of mine

are cable-access producers.

Do you know what that is?

Anybody can produce a show real cheap,

and they have to put it on.

I have this idea for a show that lasts

What you do is you get...

...365 people from cities

all over the world...

...to do these 24-hour documents

of real time.

Capturing life as it's lived.

You know, it would start with a guy

waking up in the morning...

...and taking the long shower...

...eating a little breakfast,

making a little coffee...

...reading the paper...

Wait. All those mundane,

boring things...

...everybody has to do every day

of their fucking life?

I was going to say,

"The poetry of day-to-day life. "

You say it your way.

I'll say it my way.

- Think of it like this...

- Who's gonna watch?

Think about it like this. Why is it

that a dog sleeping in the sun...

...is so beautiful?

It is. It's beautiful.

But a guy taking money

from a bank machine...

...looks like a complete moron?

So it's like a National Geographic

program, but on people.

Yeah.

What do you think?

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Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his humanist films which mainly revolve around personal relationships, suburban culture, and the effects of the passage of time. Some notable films of his include the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. more…

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