I finally got the chance to watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. In Before Sunrise, Jesse and Celine are twentysomethings who meet on a train and spend a night together in Vienna. In Before Sunset, they meet, nine years later, as thirtysomethings, and spend a day in Paris where Jesse is at his last stop of his book tour.

I think most people would want to meet someone whom they can talk to about anything that comes to their minds. In this case, it’s their chance meeting on a train. You see them talk and discuss issues that bug/inspire/ them and somehow, I feel that they’ve been saying things that they don’t usually tell others. Essentially, it’s the both of them engaged in conversation.

However, thanks to my upbringing and the increasing number of perverts on public transport, I’m most likely to (1) ignore the person, (2) mumble replies without any thought, or (3) walk away hoping I’m not being stalked. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

My favourite scene from Before Sunrise

Delusion Angel by David Jewell
Daydream, delusion
Limousine, eyelash
Oh baby with your pretty face
Drop a tear in my wineglass
Look at those big eyes
See what you mean to me
Sweet-cakes and milkshakes
I’m a delusion angel
I’m a fantasy parade
I want you to know what I think
Don’t want you to guess anymore
You have no idea where I came from
We have no idea where we’re going
Lodged in life
Like branches in a river
lowing downstream
Caught in the current
I’ll carry you
You’ll carry me
That’s how it could be
Don’t you know me?
Don’t you know me by now?

Jesse: OK, well this was my thought: 50,000 years ago, there are not even a million people on the planet. 10,000 years ago, there’s, like, two million people on the planet. Now there’s between five and six billion people on the planet, right? Now, if we all have our own, like, individual, unique soul, right, where do they all come from? You know, are modern souls only a fraction of the original souls? ‘Cause if they are, that represents a 5,000 to 1 split of each soul in the last 50,000 years, which is, like, a blip in the Earth’s time. You know, so at best we’re like these tiny fractions of people, you know, walking…I mean, is that why we’re so scattered? You know, is that why we’re all so specialized?

Celine: I like to feel his eyes on me when I look away.

Celine: It’s amazing what perverts we’ve become in the past nine years.
Jesse: At least now we don’t have to pretend that each new sexual experience is a life-altering event.
Celine: I know. By now, you know, you’ve stuck it in so many places, it’s like about to fall off.
Jesse: Yeah, you know, and I can’t realistically expect that you’ve become anything but a total ho, at this point.
Celine: Yeah, thank you.

Celine: Memories are wonderful things, if you don’t have to deal with the past.

Celine: You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.

Celine: There are so many things I want to do, but I end up doing not much.


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