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I didn't even know the storyline at the time and I didn't have any expectations. I didn't even know that Richard Linklater, one of my favorite moviemakers, was at the helm of it. All I knew was that my forever-crush Ethan Hawke was in it and I figured that would be enough to tide me through, even if it ended up sucking.
The minute "Before Sunrise" started, though, I fell in love with it. With the setting, the dialogue, the actors, the wit, and the storyline. While it isn't my usual type of movie, I loved it because I could relate to it. In every sense of the phrase.
In summer 2008, I, too, met someone on a train. I was on a day-long train to Koh Phangan where I met an Englishman named Stephen. We spent a sleepless night on that train watching the moon and just talking - with the same wit and charm found in both Jesse and Celine, I might add. I never deemed that experience as movie material in my head. But then I literally saw it in a movie and my heart relived everything all over again.
I remember wanting to kiss him but not wanting to make the first move because I didn't know how he felt and I didn't know what I was feeling, for that matter. Plus, I didn't know anything about him on a deeper level and he didn't know anything about me on a deeper level. He was just a tall ball of mystery and refreshing grumpiness. With a sexy English accent.
2008 was my summer of love, hopes and dreams. The love, hope and dreams that only a woman in her early 20s could experience. In 2009, I got pregnant and those hopes and dreams slowly changed into new motherhood-related ones.
My "Before Sunset" moment happened in 2011 when I went to Ireland on a whim. Since he's from the UK, we set up a meeting. Again, we didn't have much time together.
Like Jesse, I already had a kid by that time and I was living with a man I couldn't trust - the father of my child. Stephen had just broken up with his long-term girlfriend and there I was: a torn, worried and scared lovewreck who felt all of those early-20 emotions flood back the moment she set eyes on her big what-if. Suffice to say, I panicked.
While we spent one of the most memorable days of my life literally walking through the entirety of Dublin (we literally went around the entirety of it) just talking - with the same wit and charm that we had in 2008. It's funny that my most memorable bit about that day in Ireland is of us sitting on a bench in the park. Literally the only thing missing to turn us into Jesse and Celine that day was a boat ride.
Our park. My Jesse.
This is why I am so excited for "Before Midnight". I know the answer that I want to hear for "Will Jesse and Celine end up together?" because I have experienced something similar myself. In other words, I want to see if my own visions for my own Jesse-and-Celine life story will match the movie.
I really cannot stress how much I think the way they think and how much I feel the way they feel. I just hope to God this movie doesn't disappoint me. And I hope to God Stephen never, ever reads this...