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Before Sunrise (1995)

Review By Shamma M. Raghib

Category: Drama-Romance
Running Time: 105 min.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg (cameo)
Director: Richard Linklater
Rated: R for language
Campus Rating 7.5/10

For a change, I have started watching romantic classics recently, and to tell you the truth, it is refreshing after the bloodbath I had watched in the new movie 300!

Before Sunrise is one of those hidden gems that are well worth seeking out in your local DVD store if you are in the mood for an insightful, romantic film. It tells the very simple story of two young people from different cultures getting to know each other. Although they only know each other for less than a day (of which we see less than two hours of screen time), when they express their feelings toward each other it smacks of unquestionable genuineness. Sounds like a Hindi movie doesn't it? But the story spurs out in time.

Ethan Hawke plays Jesse, an American vacationing in Europe who meets a French graduate student while traveling on a train. They strike up a conversation, and the mutual chemistry is evident immediately. The problem is that it's Jesse's last night in Europe, and the two may never see each other again. Jesse convinces Celine to hang out with him on his final day so she won't spend the rest of her life wondering if they were a match or just a passing fancy.

This is quite a feat for director Richard Linklater (The School of Rock, Bad News Bears), who relies on two appealing yet not very popular stars to carry the film on their shoulders, which they do brilliantly. The film is also bolstered by some nice locations in Vienna, a script that is smarter than would appear on the surface, and convincing performances by the two very appealing leads, all contributing to making this one of the best of 1995. Before Sunrise is highly recommended for those into romantic films without pretension who, like the two young people in Vienna, will wish that the night never had to end.


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