6 months on
So, it's December 16 - which is the date the lovers were supposed to have met, 6 months later, by the end of Before Sunrise. And, totally unplanned, I spent part of today reading my newly-acquired screenplays for Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, which I suspect is one of the wisest films on relationships ever made. Before Sunset is optimistic in the best of all ways: knowing about the ravages of time, knowing about constraints, knowing about all the flaws in each other and still the lovers continue their conversations, this time knowing what a precious thing they had years ago, and then come the extraordinary, intense scenes at the end where Celine and Jesse discuss their respective troubled relationships...
"Last night. Okay. Six months from last night. December sixteenth, six o'clock in the evening, track eleven. It's a train ride for you, but I got to fly over. But hey, I'll be here." - Jesse, in Before Sunrise
While I thought Before Sunrise was a great film, Before Sunset truly took my breath away - one of those films where I just sat at the end, watching the credits roll, trying to take it all in.