Thursday, March 8, 2012

Before Sunrise.

I watched London, Paris, New York yesterday and got reminded of this lovely movie called Before Sunrise. LPNY was of course a lame, Bollywood version of Before Sunrise ..actually it didn't even come close. So anyway, all those who haven't watched this one ..please do :)
Also, watch its sequel, Before Sunset. 

Before Sunrise is a beautiful and a really 'believable' love story. The whole movie is nothing but a conversation between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and you realize you just can't get enough them and all that they talk about! It's one of those movies that you wish never ended.


Celine: I’d say to my Dad, “I want to be a writer”, and he’d say, “Journalist.” I’d say, “I want to have a refuge for stray cats” and he’d say, “Veterinarian.” I’d say, “I want to be an actress” and he’d say, “TV newscaster.” It was this constant conversion of my fanciful ambitions into these practical money-making ventures.

Jesse: You know what's the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? It's when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they're thinking of you. You know, you'd like to think you're both in all this pain but they're just like "Hey, I'm glad you're gone.”

Celine: I always feel this pressure of being a strong and independent icon of womanhood, and without making it look my whole life is revolving around some guy. But loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more? Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?

Celine: People can lead their life as a lie. My grandmother, she was married to this man, and I always thought she had a very simple, uncomplicated love life. But she just confessed to me that she spent her whole life dreaming about another man she was always in love with. She just accepted her fate. It's so sad.
Jesse: I guarantee you, it was better that way. If she'd ever got to know him, I'm sure he would have disappointed her eventually.
Celine: How do you know? You don't know them.
Jesse: Yeah, I know, I know. It's just, people have these romantic projections they put on everything. That's not based on any kind of reality.

Jesse: I kind of see this all love as this, escape for two people who don't know how to be alone. People always talk about how love is this totally unselfish, giving thing, but if you think about it, there's nothing more selfish.

Jesse: Why do you think everybody thinks relationships are supposed to last forever anyway?
Celine: Yeah, why. It's stupid.

Palm reader: You need to resign yourself to the awkwardness of life. Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others.

Jesse: I don't know, I think that if I could just accept the fact that my life is supposed to be difficult. You know, that's what to be expected, then I might not get so pissed-off about it and I'll just be glad when something nice happens.

Celine: You know, I have this awful paranoid thought that feminism was mostly invented by men so that they could like, fool around a little more


  1. Oh yeah, watching London Paris New York all I could think of was, why'd I venture into this plastic postcard picture when I had the option of staying at home and rewatching Before Sunrise-Before Sunset again.

    But then, it wasn't all that bad, I liked parts of it. The bit where Ali Zafar's character breaks into song at the church singing "Woh dekhne mein kaisi seedhi saadhi lagti" I remember thinking atleast this guy doesn't lip-sync to Mohit Chauhan's voice. Then, that scene where Aditi translates the French couple's spat over sex-positions into Hindi! :D

    And then, his climactic outburst where he rages against Aditi Rao Hydari's character calling her, surprisingly for a Hindi rom-com, a 'cock-tease'! He even brings the water-works! :D

    But that whole Paris bit was so fake and pretentious man! And of course, there is no beating the charming Celine and the smitten Jesse man! :) They're so real because they aren't afraid to be imperfect. They don't need painted-on beards or ridiculous short wigs or dark lipstick shades or Sven Lindqvist books to slide into character. :)

    1. Yes, it wasn't so bad. It was pretty engaging too. Oh yes, I found Paris to be the most boring bit. They just desperately tried to change their looks and stuff and the whole thing just didn't work. I loved the actors, especially Aditi. They did their part really well so that was good to watch :)

  2. i have watched one of them. dont remember which. but i do remember sleeping peacefully that day. :)

  3. I loved the BS-BS...both of them :) Well, you do realise that they are a wee bit out of Bollywood film makers' league right... LPNY, I didn't exactly hate it, but I didn't love it either...'mildly amused' might be the way to put it ;)

    1. Yeah. It was okay-ish. I know. I shouldn't expect so much out of Bollywood. A movie can't be made without a few songs and all the drama-shama in Bollywood :P

  4. I literally want to punch Bollywood for even ATTEMPTING pulling a 'Before Sunrise/Sunset', you know! Someone else who loves Before S/S.... aaaahhhhhh!! <3

  5. Oh.. I love 'Before Sunrise'.. And also 'Before Sunset' :)