Date released: January, 27, 1995
Date watched: May 31, 2013
Why now? The third (and presumably final) instalment in Richard Linklater’s Jesse/Celine trilogy, Before Midnight, comes out next Friday. And I can’t possibly see that flick, which looks all middle-aged dramatic and awesome, without finally seeing this one and its follow-up, right?
Why not then? I was only six at the time, and not particularly interested in this kind of all-talk, no-action fare. Although, if I had seen the VHS box, with Ethan Hawke rocking that greasy hair and leather jacket, I probably would have sought it out, sans parental permission. I mean, What. A. Babe.
- Lots and lots of talking. About everything. And anything. And loooooove.
- A meeting between strangers. On a train. Or around a train? Something to do with a train!
- Ethan Hawke in white t-shirt and ill-fitting, yet sexy light jeans.
- Julie Delpy in a maxi dress with a t-shirt underneath.
- Some gorgeous, sweeping shots of Vienna’s sights.
- A really great soundtrack filled with grungy, ’90s angst anthems.
- Some occasional subtitles.
- A plot similar to the one seen in one of my favourite movie romances, Once, but with a ticking clock and minimal musical numbers.
What I Actually Got:
- Lots and lots and lots of talking. About everything from ghosts of grandmothers and first sexual experiences, to milkshakes and palm readings.
- A chance meeting between strangers — Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine — which starts as a simple train-set conversation and turns into a spontaneous day touring Vienna … and each other.
- Hawke and Delpy being so ’90s grungy gorgeous and perfect.
- Some gorgeous, focused shots of various corners of Vienna.
- More score than soundtrack. Although, there is a totally wonderful scene in which Jesse and Celine try not to look at each while listening to a Kath Bloom record.
- No subtitles, just some HELLA subtext.
- A bittersweet ending, which both leaves room for a possible sequel and suggests that it might actually never happen.
One night-in stand or second date potential? Considering the plot of the movie, a part of me wants to say one night-in stand. But that would be a lie.
I think I’ll be revisiting Jesse and Celine’s first day together for years to come. Hawke and Delpy’s chemistry is so remarkably authentic that this flick could romance even the most perpetual of cynics. They almost say more with their nervously wandering eyes than than they do in two hours of script. And, as previously stated, these two talk A LOT.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95Kby19_Ms]