When you try to do something like this you need to have a really good script full of dialogues well engaged. This is the case: a good non-cliche love story in well directed movie with an accurate casting.
just watched this for the first time and I loved it profusely. the plotline is fantastic in the fact that (at least the way I perceive it) it seems highly unlikely and fantastic and yet, such is life. life is improbable and accidental and bizarre and Before Sunrise is about that. it has a realness to it and is not contrived. their conversations ponder questions we all ask. the temporal cemented as a journey of love.
What a miracle of a movie. Its amazing how entertaining, mesmerizing and romantic a film can be with so little action happening. Its just two people talking and yet it hold your attention from start to finish.
wow Ethan Hawke was amazing in this, did i just say that? yea i did. Julie's good too. Love the minimal nature of the film, and how it's all really just about time. Really fascinating how the dialogue mimics that
The cinematography is good. The dialogues are truly brilliant. And 100 years after the Lumiere brothers registered the patent, in 1895, it's not easy to keep making something look and feel romantic in film. Not without falling into cliché. Or without giving up art. This is good. Good cinema. Good emotional education. Every teen, pre-teen, young adult, adult, in coming decades should see it. It's part of the classics.
Shoulda gotten on the Before train sooner. Linklater doesn't quite have the formal mastery of Rohmer, but who does, and who cares, really, when he writes talk so well and EH and JD have Bogie-Bacall level chemistry?