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mossmacdonald

8.5k points

2 months ago

before sunrise before sunset before midnight

okej12

1.8k points

2 months ago

okej12

1.8k points

2 months ago

Before sunset will always be my favorite romance film!

dagitaab

269 points

2 months ago

dagitaab

269 points

2 months ago

Yes. That’s the superior one.

venuswasaflytrap

13 points

2 months ago*

Are you between 28-40 years old? I feel like 18-22 year olds might like Before Sunrise best, while 40-50 year olds might like before midnight.

I like Before Sunset best

RandomPalInThisWorld

3 points

2 months ago

I'm 23 and I prefer Before Sunrise, so that may be accurate. Haven't seen before midnight yet

[deleted]

12 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

12 points

2 months ago

Disagree that there even is a superior one. People relate to each one differently at different points in the their life.

sinchsw

9 points

2 months ago

Fine. I'll watch it

APsychosPath

7 points

2 months ago

Before Midnight is superior imo.

Before Sunset Shows what it could be, Before Midnight Shows what it is. The last 10 mins of Midnight was incredible.

blackrack

4 points

2 months ago

I thought it was sad and not in a good way, maybe I was too young for it when I watched it.

SQUIRTISPEE

18 points

2 months ago

Are you my dad? He ranted about this last weekend.

HighRisk26

364 points

2 months ago

The whole film is perfect and it's just 2 people walking around talking.

Apptubrutae

154 points

2 months ago

This kind of movie is why when people complain about some single element lacking in a movie (like when people say they can’t watch a movie without a plot), or “this movie didn’t need to be made”, I think it’s all silliness.

A great director and talented actors with a good crew can make a great movie about literally anything. Watching paint dry? Sure why not. It’s possible if someone has the vision.

PM_ME_YOUR_SUNSHINE

81 points

2 months ago

Linklater will challenge viewers everytime.

CrabsolutelyBullshit

10 points

2 months ago

Another movie is Shame, by Steve McQueen.

It's pretty slow, and leaves a lot unsaid, but it's amazing. I love good cinematography so much.

Legitimate-Chart-228

16 points

2 months ago

'Paterson' - With Adam Driver was like this - completely pointless but I felt a better person after watching it

Apptubrutae

8 points

2 months ago

Well I mean how can you not make a great movie when you feature the greatest city in NJ? Anywhere else in Jersey have a waterfall like that? No? I didn’t think so.

But seriously, yeah, Paterson is a good example.

Michael__Pemulis

2 points

2 months ago

Jim Jarmusch movies tend to be a little odd just in general. He is a quirky guy.

If you haven’t seen Ghost Dog or Night of Earth, those are like prime Jarmusch. He is one of my all-time favorites.

blargiman

38 points

2 months ago*

I seriously underestimated this description. I thought it was gonna be the most boring thing ever. so out of curiosity I go watch the trailer and... wow. I felt it, and it hit hard.

I'd kill for a second chance. 😭

noplace_ioi

13 points

2 months ago

I like Ethan Hawke but I generally don't like romance movies, worth watching still?

wapkaplit

18 points

2 months ago

Yes. I think it's definitely better with the context of having seen the first film though. For those who don't know, the films are all made - and set - ten years apart, so the second film is the conversation these two characters have when they see each other for the first time in a decade.

The first film is sappy and a little dated, but it's still very good and worth watching, and it makes the second and third films much more powerful.

If you don't want to commit to the whole trilogy just yet, I'd also recommend another Linklater film starring Ethan Hawke called Boyhood, which was filmed over the course of 14 years and shows a boy growing up. One of the best coming of age movies ever.

WellYoureWrongThere

5 points

2 months ago

Nit-pick but it's 9 years apart, not 10.

wapkaplit

2 points

2 months ago

I did not know that, thanks.

audioaddict321

3 points

2 months ago

I know these have been out forever, but SPOILERS! I was so happy I hadn't watched the trailer to Sunset and had no idea what happened between the movies and where it was picking up. When I knew Midnight was coming out and a trailer came on I started yelling and scrambling for the remote to mute it and walk away until it was over. 🤣

mytummyaches

2 points

2 months ago

I loved the Before trilogy but did not care for Boyhood. The story wasn’t strong enough to overcome the poor acting.

WitesOfOdd

11 points

2 months ago

Yeah , it captures real emotion and I think that’s why it’s so good.

killeronthecorner

8 points

2 months ago

You have to really like and value chemistry between actors as a thing that makes you enjoy a movie.

The series is essentially a masterclass in portraying vividly real chemistry and, to an extent, love, on screen.

I love it but I also know people who can't stand it and I don't really disagree with that as a valid stance. Not liking this film is like not liking jazz, IMO.

FracturedAuthor

5 points

2 months ago

Don't let these people fool you. They're great films, but if you do not like romance films, you will not like these films. And that's okay.

audioaddict321

4 points

2 months ago

Fair, but I also always say it's not a rom-com and it's not like a Sleepless in Seattle (or similar, Hallmark, etc.) trilogy would be. That would have sucked. This matures in a way that more people can appreciate, especially as they do the same.

two-thirds

14 points

2 months ago

one of the best closing scenes ever.

FracturedAuthor

5 points

2 months ago

It still hits. God damn.

I_Love_That_Pizza

14 points

2 months ago

It's so good. I remember honestly being kinda bored through Before Sunrise, though I often love a good romance movie. Sunset was so good, though. Midnight was kinda painful. Realistic, sure, but ouf, just watching this couple argue in circles for forty minutes..

FracturedAuthor

3 points

2 months ago

Have you seen Malcolm & Marie?

destroyermaker

9 points

2 months ago

That one, Punch Drunk Love, and Chasing Amy for me

FracturedAuthor

3 points

2 months ago

You have great taste.

ninelives1

10 points

2 months ago

The taxi scene kills me every time

Codeshark

26 points

2 months ago

For me, it's the ending scene. A Waltz for a Night then "you're going to miss your plane." "I know 😁"

I think it is the greatest film of all time.

CrabsolutelyBullshit

10 points

2 months ago

Ethan Hawke played it so well. He's just so loveable as that character

Codeshark

9 points

2 months ago*

Totally agree which is also saying a lot because he is also cheating on his wife who isn't a bad person (just not the person he should be with).

A lot of movies in the genre when they have the main character be unfaithful have to make the spouse a bad person but that's not always realistic. They get us on Jesse's side by showing that he is meant to be with Celine rather than disparaging the unseen wife.

FracturedAuthor

5 points

2 months ago

RIGHT?!?!?!? I burst out crying.

Desperate_Ad_2248

7 points

2 months ago

I had the movie poster on my wall in high school’ I haven’t seen it in years.

dbx999

27 points

2 months ago

dbx999

27 points

2 months ago

Before Midnight was just bleak. I hated how the love disintegrated and it was just so much resentment on top of resentment. It was heartbreaking.

cramp

73 points

2 months ago*

cramp

73 points

2 months ago*

I didn’t take it as love disintegrating. The ending showed that their bond was stronger than resentments. It was a portrait of the familiarity and intense closeness of a long relationship, plus why people say “marriage is work.” Shit happens but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a strong relationship.

I thought it was very realistic and true to their characters. A good marriage is not necessarily good or even healthy over the entire 50 or so years it lasts. But it can last and be beautiful anyway. It’s love in a different form than lust, longing or lovers fated to be together like the first two. But, it’s still romance.

scrivenerserror

4 points

2 months ago

I agree with this. It’s clear they very much still love each other, but the reality of very long term relationships and living life together isn’t always easy.

ncnotebook

16 points

2 months ago

I thought the last one was the best, personally, because of that conflict. Which is probably the minority opinion, lol.

FracturedAuthor

8 points

2 months ago

No, I completely agree. It made their literal immaturity fall into place as they both grew enough in their own experiences to find each other again with more knowledge to back up their next steps. I loved it.

Life_Mycologist_7215

13 points

2 months ago

Being on the precipice of ending a 16 year old relationship I can tell you that it is sadly accurate of many relationships.

IllIIlllIIllIlIIllIl

5 points

2 months ago

Im a sucker for serendipity.

sunnybluewakko

3 points

2 months ago

Ah, I see you're a man of culture as well

RevolutionaryPhoto24

3 points

2 months ago

Oh gosh. Memory flash of my dad: “that’s the sort of stupid thing you’d do and get yourself killed!”

Sigh.

Family-Duty-Hodor

2 points

2 months ago

I thought it was fantastic, but I'm not sure I'd call it a romance movie. More the opposite actually

Tristan_Cleveland

2 points

2 months ago

I like how it tackles issues that usually don't get talked about in romance movies, like growing up and being disappointed with your life.

Cavewoman22

461 points

2 months ago

baby, you are gonna miss that plane.

khendron

357 points

2 months ago

khendron

357 points

2 months ago

When I saw this in the theatre a lot of the audience literally gasped out loud when he says "I know".

Michael__Pemulis

354 points

2 months ago

Because it is one of the single greatest film endings of all time & hands-down the greatest ending of any romance.

Just incredible shit. That final scene & the entire walk up the stairs. It’s perfect. The first time you watch it, it has you at the edge of your seat the way a fucking thriller does.

guyute2588

219 points

2 months ago

When she sings that fucking SONG. I melt.

Flat_Engineer2272

26 points

2 months ago

He’s turning his wedding ring around on his finger when he says, “I know.” Genius.

Codeshark

22 points

2 months ago

Yeah, the fact that he has a ring on at the beginning of the movie is obvious and the whole mystery of what happened between Before Sunrise and then unravels and culminates in that scene.

I agree that it is the best ending of a romance movie of all time for sure.

guyute2588

13 points

2 months ago*

I LOVE this detail. There’s a point where he absentmindedly puts his hand on his face while she’s singing …and you can see him realize and subtly move his hand to obscure the ring.

Confident-Medicine75

12 points

2 months ago

Link?

almuqabala

39 points

2 months ago

Later

Admiralattackbar

15 points

2 months ago

The walk up the stairs is the perfect mirror to the Record Store scene from the first movie. You can see them recapture that youthful excitement of wanting.

buffalo4293

11 points

2 months ago

From the hesitation to touch in the car ride on is unprecedented

Bulky_Ad_3608

2 points

2 months ago

The hesitation to touch in the car mirrors the hesitation on the bus in the first movie.

its_nuts_dude

9 points

2 months ago

Couldn’t stop thinking about the driver. He said it would be just a minute.. how long did he wait? Was he ever told that going to the airport wasn’t going to happen? Was he needed the next day? Odd thing to fixate on but it distracted me

almuqabala

2 points

2 months ago

Cut to Zorg!

Jughead232

2 points

2 months ago

There you go just made me want to watch it again!

audioaddict321

2 points

2 months ago

Yep, same here. I will never forget that raw, collective reaction. 🤣

FastLane_987

30 points

2 months ago

I know

MrD3ath

2 points

2 months ago

It's ridiculous how powerful the ending is. Cannot help but tear up every single time

Zal_17

788 points

2 months ago

Zal_17

788 points

2 months ago

So glad I'm not the only person who immediately went here.

I've watched a LOT of films, but this is one of the very few I really believed the actors were in love.

The dialogue between Hawke and Deploy was so realistic and believable, watching it felt a little like you were intruding on something personal.

UseThisToStayAnon

453 points

2 months ago

I've been single for a long time, mostly because I've had a string of long/bad relationships that messed with me and my willingness to let another person into my life.

Before Sunrise literally made me want to find love again. That whole movie just pressed all the right buttons of what it's like to instantly hit it off with someone.

orangek1tty

30 points

2 months ago

I think for me Before Sunset was what hit me. Delpy’s character was so light in explaining the heavy topics. The one part where she said:

Celine: I was fine, until I read your fucking book! It stirred shit up, you know? It reminded me how genuinely romantic I was, how I had so much hope in things, and now it's like, I don't believe in anything that relates to love. I don't feel things for people anymore. In a way, I put all my romanticism into that one night, and I was never able to feel all this again. Like, somehow this night took things away from me and I expressed them to you, and you took them with you! It made me feel cold, like if love wasn't for me!

That hurt. But also makes me feel wonderful to hope that one day that can happen again to me. Love comes so unexpectedly that I’m glad it is so random because otherwise we’d all be failures.

Codeshark

16 points

2 months ago

I think it led me to do just that. I watched that trilogy and then I found the best relationship that I have ever been in. I have been showing her the trilogy actually.

4tune8SonOfLiberty

56 points

2 months ago

Before Sunrise could save the incel generation.

hlorghlorgh

32 points

2 months ago*

They would be too consumed with anger that they don’t look like Ethan Hawke to make it past the cover image for the video.

Plus, even the most self-loathing, self-destructive French woman wouldn’t even look at an American neckbeard incel for any longer than absolutely necessary to avoid him.

4tune8SonOfLiberty

2 points

2 months ago

Ethan Hawke is a manlet…!

CrabsolutelyBullshit

7 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I've never really seen a movie do it so well. Just that feeling when you meet someone and become immediately taken with each other.

corgi-king

3 points

2 months ago

Good luck on your journey. Hope you can find the right one.

MissTortoise

3 points

2 months ago

Totally worth it when you both make it work.

cs502

118 points

2 months ago

cs502

118 points

2 months ago

Came to say these films. Funny thing is, I found out about these movies in 2013 while I was on a train in Austria. Hawke’s The Purge was coming out soon so I fell down an Ethan Hawke Wikipedia rabbit hole and Before Midnight had recently come out or was coming out soon so I read about it and discovered it was the 3rd in a set of movies each filmed 10 years apart. Just thought it was bizarre I found out about it while on a train riding through Austria considering the first one started on a train in Austria.

Anyhoo, for solid trilogies, this is at least in the top 5.

ramen_vape

20 points

2 months ago

Linklater has a way of pulling incredibly lifelike performances out of his actors. His director's trademark is that his movies feel totally unscripted, it's almost baffling to learn that his actors are reading their lines word for word. I used to think Waking Life was a documentary. All actors. Even Alex Jones auditioned for his part and just happened to be perfectly cast, he was nobody at the time.

AndYouHaveAPizza

13 points

2 months ago

When I read Alex Jones I thought surely it couldn't be that Alex Jones. Today I learned.

Breezyisthewind

6 points

2 months ago

They feel so unscripted and natural ironically because they’re meticulously rehearsed to an inch of its life.

Zeroeightseven

13 points

2 months ago

Deploy LOL, actually made me laugh

Pennywise_M

31 points

2 months ago

Deploy. Julie Deploy.

no_talent_ass_clown

19 points

2 months ago

Deploy the Julie.

turtle_slow

5 points

2 months ago

I thought about these too.

Kind of off-topic, but I saw a couple days ago a stand alone episode of a tv show that had some of that vibe. Mythic Quest season 1 episode 5, featuring Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti. Watch it!

corgi-king

3 points

2 months ago

Yes. That episode is great. And Rob McElhenney will be a great director someday.

lordpimba

5 points

2 months ago

What does it for me is that scene in which they're in a cab an he says thay his wife sleeps next to him but feels a million light years away and he buries his face in his hands and she makes this gesture, nearing her hand to his head so as to comfort him, but she doesn't. She wants to, but something is not there yet. Subtle but touching. The love is there waiting to be rekindled back to life. Great filmmaking

Purpoisely_Anoying_U

3 points

2 months ago

Delpy

Zal_17

3 points

2 months ago

Zal_17

3 points

2 months ago

I blame autocorrect and not proofreading

"Hawke and Deploy" sounds like a great name for a logistics company to me though

Bojangly7

2 points

2 months ago

Deploy

Natiak

2 points

2 months ago

Natiak

2 points

2 months ago

Oh, how beautifully stated.

Car-face

2 points

2 months ago

I didn't see the top comment had changed from LOTR to Sunrise as I was scrolling, and was very confused.

anthem47

383 points

2 months ago

anthem47

383 points

2 months ago

(1995) - (2004) - (2013)

We were due one this year! I mean I'm glad they're not forcing one, but I was enjoying this whole "7 up but it's a couple" that they had going.

liulide

314 points

2 months ago

liulide

314 points

2 months ago

Sunrise starts with Hawke and Delpy laughing at a middle-aged couple bickering. In Midnight, they've become the bickering couple. A pretty perfect way to button the story up.

mi_ssanonymou5

70 points

2 months ago*

I never saw it that way wow

dbx999

28 points

2 months ago

dbx999

28 points

2 months ago

I found Midnight terribly bleak and heartbreaking. It just devastated me to root for this loving relationship and see it crumble into the resentment fest it became.

TruthAndAccuracy

60 points

2 months ago

Did you not watch the movie to the end? They make up. He convinces her that real love, long-lasting relationships aren't perfect fantasies. They're messy and sometimes painful and they take work, but they're real.

Codeshark

25 points

2 months ago

Yeah I think a major theme of each movie is that they're about love but through the lens of the characters at that stage in their lives.

concernedindianguy

16 points

2 months ago

Me and my ex started watching these movies together over the course of 3 weeks.

Watched the first 2 and loved them.

Halfway through the third one, got into a bitter fight and paused the movie (the scene where they’re arguing in the hotel room).

We never got around to finishing it. I haven’t watched these movies again. They remind me of her, and the less said of her, the better.

chaboidaboni

16 points

2 months ago

I thought it was actually really hopeful, that despite all their resentment and fighting, in the end there is still hope for their relationship.

thatguy_griff

6 points

2 months ago*

this was my take as well.

abagofdicks

7 points

2 months ago

Or if one died

Jackazz4evr

2 points

2 months ago

Holy shit, mind blown!

frankduxvandamme

2 points

2 months ago

I hated the 3rd film. It was just two people arguing. It wasn't entertaining at all.

ImprovisedLeaflet

14 points

2 months ago

Before Retirement

Devi1_May_Cry

6 points

2 months ago

I was just thinking about this. It's time for another one. I personally think they are divorced and get together one more time for the Ethan Hawke character's son's wedding: Before Parting?

baburusa

20 points

2 months ago

Same, I remember being bummed last year when I hadn’t heard anything lol, I was like ok I suppose we won’t get one 🥲

wladue613

18 points

2 months ago

That's it. I'm gonna write, film, cut, and release Before Christmas before Christmas.

fskoti

17 points

2 months ago

fskoti

17 points

2 months ago

Hawke and Deploy both decided that there wasn't a compelling story to tell with another movie.

HighTurning

6 points

2 months ago

Was gonna say this, Delpy is so sure she wont be doing it lol

EbmocwenHsimah

2 points

2 months ago

I’m glad we haven’t. I think it was Julie Delpy that said they started talking about a fourth and realised they didn’t have anything new to say, so they stopped. I can see them waiting another nine years and do one where they’re older, but I’d be happy if they didn’t. It’s perfect the way it is.

HighRisk26

36 points

2 months ago

I've seen before sunset so many times

vrsick06

36 points

2 months ago

Before sunset is maybe my favorite movie of all time. Wish I could watch it again for the first time.

nopesoapradio

190 points

2 months ago

This has my vote too. Beautiful trilogy

JoshDigi

12 points

2 months ago

But there’s no special effects!

ncnotebook

6 points

2 months ago

Including the last one. Fight me.

FracturedAuthor

4 points

2 months ago

Last one was the best one.

breuh

2 points

2 months ago

breuh

2 points

2 months ago

Second one to me tbh but then again to each of their own lol.

nopesoapradio

2 points

2 months ago

For me, it’s probably the first one. But just barely. All 3 are incredible. If nothing else, it just shows how strong the trilogy is. If you polled the fans, I wouldn’t be surprised if the fan favorite film is split fairly evenly across all three movies.

MumblesTheFireman

67 points

2 months ago

Never heard of this but will check it out

paulinsky

57 points

2 months ago

Get ready to cry

ClarkTwain

21 points

2 months ago

Is it a happy cry or a sad cry?

chowfuntime

46 points

2 months ago

Both

sweatyballsackz

27 points

2 months ago

It's the full spectrum of cry

lordpimba

2 points

2 months ago

Yes

ScoobyMaroon

32 points

2 months ago

Each film came out 9 years apart. I try to encourage people to at least give a few days to let each breathe if they can help it.

Bulky_Ad_3608

7 points

2 months ago

I’ve wondered what it would be like to watch them in reverse.

DrobUWP

5 points

2 months ago

My wife and I stumbled onto the third one first. Maybe it helps that I'm married and we have had our difficulties, but it resonated with me and I thought it was a good movie.

The wife found it unengaging and a bit confusing. They're just walking around and talking.

Would probably help if we were more invested in their story. Now that this thread has reminded me, I'll probably go watch the other two.

Codeshark

7 points

2 months ago

I agree with this. I knew that I should give each time to process as they were so great. Definitely don't recommend a marathon.

alumpoflard

3 points

2 months ago

If it's on Netflix the second one will start 30 seconds before the first one even ends

thatguy_griff

3 points

2 months ago

i watched all 3 back to back and was completely enthralled each movie.

guyute2588

4 points

2 months ago

Oh my goodness they are perfect.

ShitScheisseMerdePoo

5 points

2 months ago

Grab someone you love and watch them together

Capn_Forkbeard

64 points

2 months ago

Was about to mention this! Love this trilogy so much - went to see Before Sunrise at the cinema on a first date with a girl I met in 95. We've been together ever since, married for 21 years.

4tune8SonOfLiberty

25 points

2 months ago

That’s a fucking banger of a first date film.

My wife and I’s first date film?

Gone Girl.

Talk about starting a relationship on hard mode. The opening lines of that movie are just like… watch-through-your-fingers level of horrific intensity, but on a first date.

Capn_Forkbeard

7 points

2 months ago

That's so funny. If it's any consolation we went to see Se7en in 95 too and had a real somber walk & talk home afterward. Fincher, pls.

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago*

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5 points

2 months ago*

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arcaneresistance

3 points

2 months ago

Mine was National Treasure, we've been married three lifetimes and will die again only to find each other and remarry eternally.

alleykat_toronto

2 points

2 months ago

Awww this is great. Congrats!

loveyouloveyoumorexx

80 points

2 months ago

This was mine too. A perfect trilogy to capture this couple. To see them both grow older and the commitment it's just chefs kiss

greenflamingo1

52 points

2 months ago

This is the real answer. Can’t even pick a favorite.

ninelives1

19 points

2 months ago

Sunset easily. Perfect happy medium between heart melting romance and interpersonal conflict. Sunrise is very idyllic and kinda naive (as the young characters are), and midnight is just a gut wrenching trainwreck unfolding before your eyes. All damn near flawless films, but Sunset just hits perfect spot for me

[deleted]

15 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

15 points

2 months ago

They only exist as one thing in my mind.

LastArmistice

7 points

2 months ago*

For me it's Midnight, because I'm in a decade+ long relationship that is similar- soulmates with baggage. A lot of dyanamics struck a chord with me, particularly that it's an amazing portrayal of what radical honesty looks like in a relationship. I appreciated the realness of the story, and how subversive it was to the other two. It was quite bold of the filmmakers, and benefitted from that as well.

reidyboy102998

2 points

2 months ago

Same here. It’s very difficult for me to pick a favorite out of the three. All of them are so fantastic.

itsthecoop

2 points

2 months ago

and while I'm not sure "Before" (or any other of the less-upvoted replies) would be the top comment if everyone in here had seen them, I think the fact that a lot LESS people have seen them than "Rings", "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" definitely plays into these answers getting not as much love (instead of it being a sheer assessment of quality).

Riddlrr

12 points

2 months ago

Riddlrr

12 points

2 months ago

They're perfect. I love LOTR, but I'm with you on this.

beherenowandagain

33 points

2 months ago

This is my answer as well and one of the big reasons is how each movie is singular and beautiful but also how it flows and relates to our own lives and experiences. The more you live different kind of relationship you have to each one. I can never pick a favorite because they all are so personal but emote a different feeling

bloodredyouth

9 points

2 months ago

My favorite as well! I love that the cast got to craft the stories and have a day in the character growth

PeopleCallMeBarry

10 points

2 months ago

Yep. The Before trilogy gets my vote too. Not my usual type of film, but I absolutely adore these.

Can’t pick which is my favourite. They’re all so bloody relatable!

hperron01

23 points

2 months ago

Yep, this should be higher.

moeriscus

7 points

2 months ago

There is no better answer than this

his_purple_majesty

7 points

2 months ago*

I watched Before Sunrise when I was a 12 year old boy all into masculine shit, and I remembering enjoying it. Like, if a movie that's just two people talking can entertain a 12 year old boy then it must be good. Although maybe I just had a crush on the actress.

sir_mrej

15 points

2 months ago

At what age did you first watch these (or rough age if you dont want to be specific), and have you watched them recently, and are they still good?

I've never seen any of them and I wonder if a non-teen wouldn't enjoy them these days

guyute2588

24 points

2 months ago

I’m 36 and I just watched them again in the last few weeks. They hold up and then some.

[deleted]

15 points

2 months ago

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15 points

2 months ago

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powerkickass

7 points

2 months ago

Not the guy above, but yeah definitely. I watched it multiple times over 15 years, and my view of them changes over time, especially depending on whether I was in a relationship or lovesick or alone. My view of them in the first movie went 'downhill' so to speak as I grew older too, as well as finding the movie less relatable.

I used to lovvveee before sunset, especially since at the time I was still reeling from my first break up. But now, I still love it but at the same time I cannot condone their actions as I don't want to live in a world where divorcing to get with the love of your life should be acceptable; I don't want to inflict that on my partner, and I don't want any partners to inflict that on me or any others, and we should all deserve security in our relationships from that. So this one was the latest change of my perception of them.

You know shit's good if it gives multiple meanings and interpretations throughout life, throughout multiple viewings.

guyute2588

3 points

2 months ago

Fully agreed ! They get so much more poignant with age.

sir_mrej

4 points

2 months ago

Thank you

FastLane_987

21 points

2 months ago

I watched all three for the first time pretty recently and adored them. I’m in my late 20s if that helps

sir_mrej

7 points

2 months ago

OK, interesting! I may have to give them a try then. Thank you so much!!

steak_tartare

14 points

2 months ago

Ive watched all three always a bit behind the actors ages but in a similar and long lasting relationship and the movies just connect with me.

I'm not sure behind sunrise would click as well now that I'm older and calous, but still at 45 I can't think of a more romantic date than strolling around Viena and chat all night.

Before midnight is just a hit in the guts, wow.

sir_mrej

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you

user4446

11 points

2 months ago

My (now) wife and I watched them together, 25, 34, and 43.

Bulky_Ad_3608

9 points

2 months ago*

I watched them in real time when they came out. They age well and when I watch them now I feel like looking back at myself in time because I am a couple years older than the characters and each one was relatable to me at the time. Still relatable now. There aren’t any gimmicks. It’s just two people with all of their flaws.

no_talent_ass_clown

10 points

2 months ago

I watched them as they came out and I'm the same age as the actors. Fab fab fab.

DaManiac_

30 points

2 months ago

i was 23 minutes too late, son of a bitch.

shwashwa123

5 points

2 months ago

Haven’t seen these but knew just from past Reddit posts that this would be up there

Boring_Psycho

4 points

2 months ago

Fuck yes!

Was gonna mention it if no one else did.

Might not be as popular as LOTR or The Dark Knight trilogy but as far as realistic romance goes, it can't be beat!

simsonic

4 points

2 months ago

This is the best non-adventure trilogy of all time. A close second is Blue, White, and Red.

TeaTeeKaNee

22 points

2 months ago

Maybe the best non scifi and fantasy trilogy ever?

JoshDigi

26 points

2 months ago

Best trilogy regardless. Who gives a shit if their are aliens

CLaarkamp1287

6 points

2 months ago

Easily. Though the first three Jason Bourne movies are up there as well.

flamethrowermcnasty

8 points

2 months ago

So good

Qwertyforu

3 points

2 months ago

By far the best

MiLSturbie

3 points

2 months ago

Perfection.

im_phoebe

3 points

2 months ago

This is the answer ❤️

millenniumpianist

3 points

2 months ago

Fuck yes. GOAT trilogy easily

TheOvy

3 points

2 months ago

TheOvy

3 points

2 months ago

There's a bunch of fun trilogies out there, but none can match the consistent quality of the Before trilogy. Each entry is simply great.

4outof5doctors

3 points

2 months ago

I know the third is ten tears old, but I'm still not prepared to watch it, after seeing the first two.

Known_Listen_1775

9 points

2 months ago

Before sunrise is the best romance movie, period. The third one was not.

Corintio22

5 points

2 months ago

Ooooh, this is THE answer (also, Cars).

What a wonderful trilogy, godammit. Such a nice portrait of a relationship.

falzamar

4 points

2 months ago

third is the best one

cromli

4 points

2 months ago

cromli

4 points

2 months ago

Should have had an 'after midnight' film where they are spooky ghosts.

try2bstoic

2 points

2 months ago

I came here for this.

anazambrano

2 points

2 months ago

What are they about?

ninelives1

17 points

2 months ago

Before Sunrise (1995) : guy sees cute girl on train, asks her to get off the train and explore Vienna with him. They proceed to walk and talk and fall in love.

Before Sunset (2004) : is filmed, and takes place 9 years later.

Before Midnight (2013) : is filmed, and takes place another 9 years later.

I don't want to spoil the circumstances of the second two, as I think it's fun to guess after each one what they'll be like in the next. They are the epitome of "just people talking" movies. Super naturalistic and believable dialogue. Incredible chemistry and performances. Nearly flawless movies.

Also incredibly romantic, but in a way that feels much more authentic and true to life than the movies that probably come to mind when you think Romance. Cannot recommend enough. Truly some of the best movies out there. Masterpieces, each one of them.

Bulky_Ad_3608

3 points

2 months ago

But I will give away the spoiler. They all involve walking and talking.

GingerLegs

2 points

2 months ago

Wow! Didn’t think I’d see this one.

mi_ssanonymou5

2 points

2 months ago

Finally got What i was searching fr

liiiam0707

2 points

2 months ago

I've just ordered the criterion blu rays for these for Black Friday! Heard so many good things about them that I can't wait to watch

_umut3

2 points

2 months ago

_umut3

2 points

2 months ago

Omg. You brought tears in my eyes. This movie is the best there is.

danielthetemp

2 points

2 months ago

Yes! I watched The Before Trilogy for the first time earlier this year, and they’ve instantly become some of my favorite movies. I cried during each one.