Before email 23:14 on Saturday
It’s Saturday night, and I just finished watching Before Sunrise.
The movie tells about a French girl and an American guy who meet by chance on a train. She’s on her way home to Paris and he is headed to Vienna to catch an early morning flight back to the States. They end up spending a night walking around Vienna and talking about their life… The film is entirely about these two people having conversations, with all the moods coming through very subtly, from awkward and uneasy to lusting for each other. They have a strong connection with each other, but decide not to exchange addresses or phone numbers as the calls and letters would never match that one night in Vienna and would just fade the relationship to gray.
So… why do I blog about this romantic flick in my blog dedicated to manly sports like mobile phone bashing or blogging about blogging? Well, the movie was released in 1995 and probably filmed a year earlier, that’s some 12 years ago. Think how different it would have been three years later: in 1998 everybody was routinely emailing each other and two youngsters meeting on a train would have probably introduced themselves first by email address, second by name.
Three years can be such a long time, while 22 years can seem so short, as I wrote earlier today.
Anyway, it’s a great film about instincts, the power of a summer night and how throwing yourself into a small adventure can make you anew.