‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset’ and Aging

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  12.20.11 | 12:38 PM ET

I often read Nathan Bransford’s blog about the publishing industry. I liked his recent post about the now classic travel films “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.”

Bransford recently re-watched both films, and he writes about how his perspective on them has changed as he has aged. I know many of us can relate.

What’s amazing about these movies is that because they’re set nine years apart they thoroughly embody this passage of time and maturation that we all go through, while at the same time retaining that essential magic between Jesse and Celine. Life moves on, we change, we age, and yet something essential remains.

And that’s the amazing thing about art. These movies haven’t changed at all since I saw them last, that essence hasn’t moved a bit. But I have changed, the world has changed, and how we all respond to works of art evolves.

The movies may be the same but they mean something different than they used to and they’ll continue to change while remaining exactly the same.

The entire post is worth a read.

As we noted recently, director Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are plotting a third installment in the series.


4 Comments for ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset’ and Aging

Tours of Italy 12.22.11 | 12:12 AM ET

The scenery in the sky is very nice Before Sunset.

Jacob 12.23.11 | 5:11 AM ET

Thanks for the tip on Nathan Bransford. A cool guy to read for sure. I hadn’t heard about the third installment possibility. Linklater is the man. I’ve liked him ever since I was young with Slacker and Dazed and Confused.

karon hotel 01.09.12 | 3:55 AM ET

Wow What a lovely scenery in the sky .

Rui Chen 01.11.12 | 5:10 PM ET

really?! I have watched this movie for over thousands of times! Look forwart to the third installment!

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