I just watched the movies this week (yeah I know…where have I been?) In fact, I had never heard about these treasures until I stumbled upon this. Dika said they are ‘thought-provoking’ and upon watching them myself, I have to agree with him on that.
Let me start off with the plot of the story. In ‘Before Sunrise’, 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. Passing the time before his scheduled flight the next morning. the two embark on a spiritual and emotional odyssey. Bonding through the act of conversation, Jesse and Celine discover each other’s true essence – their hopes and dreams, their passions and peeves, and their wants and needs. (summary written by firstname.lastname@example.org).
I think you will agree with me that our chance of meeting a nice stranger with whom we can have a nice chat is 50-50. AND the probability of having a nice, deep, contemplative conversation for 14 HOURS with that stranger is almost zero, right? But here’s here. Our characters met on the train, exchanged ideas, and when the guy had to get off the train in Vienna, he asked her to go with him. He gave her an interesting rationalization:
Jesse: Yeah, right, well, great. So listen, so here’s the deal. This is what we should do. You should get off the train with me here in Vienna, and come check out the capital.
Jesse: Come on. It’ll be fun. Come on.
Celine: What would we do?
Jesse: Umm, I don’t know. All I know is I have to catch an Austrian Airlines flight tomorrow morning at 9:30 and I don’t really have enough money for a hotel, so I was just going to walk around, and it would be a lot more fun if you came with me. And if I turn out to be some kind of psycho, you know, you just get on the next train.
Jesse: Alright, alright. Think of it like this: jump ahead, ten, twenty years, okay, and you’re married. Only your marriage doesn’t have that same energy that it used to have, y’know. You start to blame your husband. You start to think about all those guys you’ve met in your life and what might have happened if you’d picked up with one of them, right? Well, I’m one of those guys. That’s me y’know, so think of this as time travel, from then, to now, to find out what you’re missing out on. See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband to find out that you’re not missing out on anything. I’m just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, totally boring, and, uh, you made the right choice, and you’re really happy.
Celine: Let me get my bag.
His rationalization turns out the other way around in the sequel, ‘Before Sunset’ (their second encounter after 9 years have passed). In reality, Celine didn’t get married and the scenario he presents more represents HIM. But instead of him being ‘big loser, totally unmotivated, totally boring’, he in fact is the best thing that ever happened to her. So while he’s selling the go-with-the-flow, it’s-not-a-big-deal mentality, in fact it IS a big deal, probably the most important choice she’ll ever make in her love life.+
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