You’d think watching two people conversing for a few hours would be a tedious thing, but somehow Richard Linklater absolutely nailed it, in not one but two films. Before Sunrise (1995), and its successor Before Sunset (2004) follow a few hours in the life of Jesse and Céline, two travelers that meet on a train. They walk around the street of Vienna, discussing past relationships, life ambitions, before departing early the next morning.
The second film takes place nine-years after their fateful exit (in real time as well). Jesse is now a successful author, writing about his and Céline’s one night together, almost a decade prior. She attends his book signing before the two take a stroll through Paris, talking once more on how their life is going, what regrets they have, and a future together, if it’s even viable.
For those who haven’t yet seen these two extraordinary films (please see these extraordinary films), I’ll leave off how Sunset ends, but the last scene before fading to black is simply perfect.
And now, eight-years later, star Ethan Hawke (who plays Jesse in the films), has said that a second sequel is in the works, with it shooting later this summer. Where will Jesse and Céline be in their lives? Living blissfully together in some European wonderland, with a few kids in tow? Or maybe the dream was better than the reality and they tried their hand but it ultimately failed. Whatever happens, I’m beyond interested to see what Linklater, Hawke, and Julie Delpy (Céline) have in store for us.