a waltz for a night

Out of curiosity, I searched for the 90’s US film that has racked my head for days months now:


When I saw this poster back in high school, the first thought in my head was, “Geez. One of them is bound to die.” Boy was I wrong.

Before Sunrise tells the story of  young travelers who have met on a train to Vienna. Jesse is an American teen who just visited a friend in Madrid, and Celine is a French lady who has visited her grandma in Budapest and off to the University of Paris. After striking conversation in the train, & out of spontaneity, they decided to spend a night in Vienna together before they go separate ways the next day. In their mind, the plan maybe a bad thing. Or a good one.

Turns out it was the latter.

Theirs was an imperfect love. Like most young people are, the movie plot portrayed both innocence and vulnerability when it comes to love’s definition. The dialogues were witty and engaging. As you dive deeper into the plot, you suddenly realize how their conversations can actually happen somewhere in a European crosscountry train. Between two young adventurous people.

The ending is realistic and quite sad. They didn’t end up together, but somehow, made it a point to ensure that one night change their lives forever.

The movie will somehow challenge you to believe in attraction that can root into a deeper emotion. The idea of taking the “plunge” and believe that the choice you make, right then and there, can change your life forever. There were some scenes (like engaging into one night stands) that are a contradiction to my belief. But the movie portrays snippets of reality and it is up to you to pick up lessons you can apply in your life. Or if not, at least to entertain you to the idea that theirs is a love that has a very low probability of happening in real life.

(Yet somehow, makes the audience want to believe that something like it can actually happen. And can possibly be a lovely thing!)

Then this morning (as early as 4am!), still can’t get enough of Jesse and Celine’s story, I decided to watch the continuum of their love story:

Before Sunset

Before Sunset. 9 years later, Jesse wrote a book about his encounter with Celine. Celine, at the book signing, finds him.

I have yet to watch the final installation for this 3-part storyline (Before Midnight). But this second flick got me with their (once again) witty dialogues and conversations. It can certainly get to a person regretting someone who seem to have gotten away. Then shows up your door several years later.

One of the scenes in the movie that I like best, as the emotion is raw and sincere. Here, Celine sang and played the guitar for Jesse:


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