There is this one quote I really love from this movie and I remembered it while I was talking to a good friend this weekend. The quote reads: “You have to resign yourself to the awkwardness of life. Only if you find peace within yourself you’ll find true connection with others.” Aside from how Ethan Hawke looked, this quote I think is what makes this movie very memorable for me; it’s one of my all-time favorites.
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) met on a train in Europe. It was not a typical meeting of strangers; it was an instantaneous connection. Jesse and Celine explored the beautiful city of Vienna for one night while having interesting conversations about all sorts of things from their mundane lives, to their ideas on long-term relationships, to their hopes and dreams, to their beliefs, to their emotional attraction to each other. In one of these conversations, Celine told Jesse that if there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something.
I love to watch Jesse and Celine talk and listen to each other. They let each other talk for as long as each needs to. Nobody cuts what one is saying. While one is talking, you’ll see the other one is not busy judging the other or thinking about what to say next. You’ll see the spontaneity and candidness in the reactions. You see them really connecting, really looking into each others’ eyes and trying to absorb what each is saying and meaning.
I love these kinds of conversations. These are the kinds of conversations that fill you up to the brim and make you feel inspired. I remember a friend of mine once said this kind conversation is like the work of two distinct souls trying to intertwine through words. Soulspeak. When you lose yourself in the sharing yet you feel you are more yourself than in any other ordinary time. Before Sunrise beautifully captures this magical moment. I am in love all over again!