Before Sunset ★★★★★

Owen's Top 50 Watch #6

"I have these dreams, you know, that I’m…I'm standing on a platform, and you keep going by on a train, and...you go by, and you go by, and you go by, and you go by, and I wake up with the fucking sweats, you know? And then I have this other dream, oh...where you're...pregnant, in bed beside me, naked, and I want so badly to touch you, but you tell me not to and then you look away and...and I...I...I touch you anyway, right on your ankle and your skin is so soft and I wake up in sobs, alright? And my wife is sitting there looking at me, and I feel like I'm a million miles from her, and I know that there's something...wrong."

A somber stroll through the mesmerizing landscape of Paris, accentuated further by the expressions of our lovers mirrored in the reflections of their eternally-changed lives. Two hearts, broken in two and left grasping at the surface, scratching at the possibility that there could've been something more if they had more time...if only there was more time...blaming it on themselves and telling each other that it wasn't their fault. Less of a celebration of love than it is a celebration of the legacy of it, Hawke and Delpy shine in the roles of possibly the best movie couple of all time; not because of their philosophy or chemistry (though those two play into it), but because of how free will bring them together even when fate threatens to tear them apart. Poetic, heartbreaking, and strikingly gripping, Before Sunset is the ode to a question not often asked by romance films: is a shattered soul any better than no soul? And are the pain of the consequences worth the love of your life?

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