3. “Before Sunrise”
Released: January 27, 1995
Few films are as romantic as the “Before” trilogy. The tale of two lovers meeting by chance began with this entry in 1995. Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American abroad, and Celine (Julie Delpy), a native Parisian, meet on a train passing through Vienna. After meeting, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train in Vienna and spend an evening walking around the city. Delpy and Hawke have an almost immediate chemistry that only deepens and grows as they go about Vienna. Their rapport paints such distinct pictures of both characters. Richard Linklater’s direction only highlights the wonderful dialogue he wrote with co-writer Kim Krizan. While the two sequels delve deeper and present both Jesse and Celine with real problems to solve, this first act serves as a fantastic foundation to build the series on.