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The Most Underrated Trilogy That You Probably Missed Out!

Before Sunrise (1995)

Directed by Richard Linklater, Before Sunrise is by far the most realistic take on the romance genre. Travelling through Europe by train, two strangers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) meet each other, develop an instant chemistry and decide to spend the rest of the night together, walking through the streets of Vienna, before Jesse has to catch a plane to go back to America the next morning. The movie is mostly dialogue-based and the strength of the movie lies in its brilliantly written screenplay, the amazing performances by both the lead actors and direction by Richard Linklater. It is essentially a series of really long takes, which makes you feel that you are watching an improvised play. That is a plus point for the movie because it requires two immensely talented actors to pull it off and Ethan and Julie certainly gave their best performances. Before Sunrise is a must watch for everyone, even if you do not like romantic movies. And thanks to its equally brilliant sequels i.e. Before Sunset and Before Midnight, we get to see how these characters are affected by each other since their first encounter. These three movies are one of the best romantic movies which you can watch again and again without getting even slightly bored.

Before Sunset (2004)

The second movie in the trilogy, Before Sunset, takes place in Paris nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, where they encounter each other again on Jesse’s Book touring in which he wrote about their night together from nine years ago. The movie essentially takes place in real time, which is noteworthy. During these 90 minutes,s, Jesse and Celine talk about how their life has changed and what they have been up to in these nine years which is not as boring as it sounds because these characters are very interesting and you can relate to most of the things these characters talk about.

Before Midnight (2013)

The third movie, Before Midnight, takes place after eighteen years since their first encounter. They are in Greece and Jesse and Celine are now married. They are in the phase of their marriage where they need to realise if love is still there in their relationship. I have never enjoyed two people just walking and talking around the city as much as I did in these three movies. And these movies are officially my favourite romantic movies of all times. I hope they continue making these movies and take the story of these two amazing characters forward.

-An Editorial by Chinmay Chawade
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