BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 29, 2013
Who knew that strangers meeting on a train and walking around Vienna talking could be such an entertaining bit of escapism. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy form an instant connection on a train to Vienna and leap of faith in spending the next 24 hours together with a dash of unmatched realism. With Hawke’s character flying out the next day, there’s a limit to their time together, which is often the subject of conversation.
The conversations are undeniably intriguing. The candidness that both characters express removes the boundaries of subtly and open these characters to not just one another but also the audience. They’re both young, they’re both attractive, and you want their connection to thrive. Even though we may not know what will happen tomorrow, we want them to be happy at the moment. We learn a lot about their hopes and dreams, pasts and projected futures, likes and dislikes, all things that could seem trivial but add up to a person’s personality.
As sappy as it sounds, “Before Sunrise” avoids most romantic comedy cliches. It delves into a much stronger connection, or pointing out these cliches and making them a part of the film’s kitschy nature. Richard Linklater delivers a perfect look at love that we never knew we could enjoy in film form and makes us all want to embrace our personalities and start meeting random people on a train.
January 27, 1995
(for some strong language)
Haymon Maria Buttinger