Sunday, March 20, 2005
Don't you just love to watch movies that challenge your mind? That make you pay a little more attention to details and to dialogues? Movies that make you think about your own life and destiny? Movies that when you finish watching them you just can avoid feeling that you have grown? Maybe you even get wiser or more conscious of your own role in this crazy life... I don't know, aren't all movies supposed to make you believe, think and dream? Aren't movies supposed to be...Revealing in some way?
Well, a couple of days ago I had one of those revealing moments. It was a Friday night and Mr. Marshmallow and I had our weekly dvdate (for those of you who have no idea of what I'm talking about because a) this is the first time you read this blog and you don't know me or my life, or b) you do know me but you just ignore everything I say most of the time, Mr. Marshmallow is currently living in Skippyland (Sydney, Australia) while I'm stuck here in my beloved Numbtown (Monterrey, Mexico). So, every week we have our cyberdate *okay, that term is so lame* and watch movies or cool TV shows. But that's some other story for some other time.
So, as I was saying, the movie we saw was Before Sunset. Yes, this is the sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delply.Here's the story so far: An American guy (Hawke) meets a French girl (Delply) while traveling through Europe. They spend one night together and the next day they go their separate ways and they vow to meet six months later on the train station. Nine years have passed and they finally meet again. Now they have only one afternoon until they have to separate again.
Before sunrise was a pleasant unexpected surprise. I gotta admit I didn't enjoy her predecessor as much as this one. But then again, I guess Before Sunrise reflects more what is happening with my life now. I feel much more identified what the protagonists are living on this one.
This movie is great in many ways, starting with the simplicity, yet beautiful directing, how scenes and endelss conversations are filmed as they walk in Paris. The chemistry between the actors it's just incredible, and they alone are able to make this an enjoyable movie, even though it's all basically a big conversation's between both of them. The dialogues are strong and the pacing is perfect. Don't expect explosion, special effects, or hot sex scenes. This is a movie that gives an honest view about life. That makes you ask yourself where we are in our lives. How much we've changed throughout the years. How far we are from our dreams, and are those dreams what we really wanted in the first place.
Before sunrise's director and writer, Linklater gives you a guide to things that are worthy asking. That are worth your time thinking of. Is what we say what we actually do? What we do is what we say we do? How far are we from being the persons we thought we would become? There are so many questions, and maybe we'll never get straight answers, but what this movie does is reminding you to stop, take a look at the mirror, and then look around you and analyze how your life's going. Anyway, enough ranting. Just take a chance and watch this movie.