Every Rom Com 15: Before Sunrise (2024)

This week on Every Rom Com we begin the “Before” trilogy with Richard Linklater’s 1995 cult classic, “Before Sunrise.” We talk about the movie’s place as a Gen-X movie, ponder whether the story would work in the smartphone era, and gush over some of the most romantic scenes ever put to film. We deal with death, time, the battle of the sexes, and at one point we’re pretty sure we’ve figured out the meaning of life. We uncover a pretty cool Easter egg involving an Auden poem. And since it’s the travel series, we also introduce you to some of the movie’s great Vienna filming locations and other recommended stops on a Vienna tour. Whether you’re a first time viewer or a lifelong aficionado, this episode will almost definitely uncover a new aspect of the film. And since we laughed and almost cried while recording it, we’re hoping it’ll make you feel as well as think.

0:00-8:20 Introduction, Guest Host Zöe Wroten-Heinzmann

Zoë is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Monadnock Underground, a small independent publisher and literary magazine in Southern New Hampshire. Their projects include the just-released This Is Not Ordinary Time, about spiritual searching and the desire for community during times of upheaval, anthologies of mostly-local speculative fiction and spiritual writing, and a sporadic podcast of their own, Underground Over the Air. She rounds out her days embarking on homeschool adventures with her kids, working as a Religious Educator, learning Tai Chi, and tending her fruit trees and chickens.

Learn more about Monadnock Underground: https://www.monadnockunderground.com/

8:20-17:44 Trailer, Basic Info, General Opinion of the Movie

17:44-25:13 Director Richard Linklater, Writers Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

Kim Krizan interview on Popcorn Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvOSiSIQ4XM

Info on Making of the Film, Cited throughout this episode: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/movies/before-sunrise-ethan-hawke-julie-delpy.html

25:13-38:29 Before Sunrise as a Gen-X Film, Jesse’s Cable Access Idea/Reality TV

38:29-45:56 Set-Up of the Film, On the Train, Jesse’s Proposal

45:56-53:50 Disembarking, The Austrian Actors, What city would you want to wander around in overnight?

Before Sunrise movie locations, used throughout the episode - see this article for details on how to get to locations: http://movie-locations.com/movies/b/Before-Sunrise.php

53:50-1:01:55 Would this movie be possible in the smartphone era? Getting to Know You Questions

Rick Steves on Vienna’s trams, Line 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jPVdtqthQc

We cut this from the episode, but here are some alternative questions to get to know someone new: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/style/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html

1:01:55-1:12:16 The Listening Booth Scene, Cemetery Scene, The Ferris Wheel Scene

Record Store Location: Teuchtler Schallplattenhandlung, Windmühlgasse 10 (U: Kettenbrückengasse, Line U4)

A story about visiting the record store in Before Sunrise https://lithub.com/traveling-scene-to-scene-in-the-streets-of-vienna-before-sunrise/2/

To get to the cemetery, Friedhof der Namenlosen (Cemetery of the Nameless): “To reach the cemetery, take Line U3 to Enkplatz. From the U-Bahn station, turn right along Simmeringe Haupstrasse to Krausegasse, from where you can catch the 76A bus to Alberner Hafen (which is the end of the route). It’s about a 20 minute journey and buses are every hour. From here, follow the small signpost - you’ll still have a ten minute walk through an unlovely industrial estate before you reach the small flight of steps leading into a spot of green shade.” Source: http://movie-locations.com/movies/b/Before-Sunrise.php

Vienna’s ferris wheel https://wienerriesenrad.com/en/home-2/


1:12:16-1:21:27 Palm Reader Scene, Poet Scene, The Meaning of Life

“I’d rather die knowing that I was really good at something, that I had excelled in some way” - Jesse

“You know I believe that if there was any kind of god, it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me, but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know it’s almost impossible to succeed, but who cares really. The answer must be in the attempt.” - Celine

1:21:27-1:30:09 The “Telephone” Scene, The Park Scene

Cafe Sperl, where they play the telephone game: https://www.cafesperl.at/en_home.html

Listen, if somebody gave me the choice right now, of to never see you again or to marry you, alright, I would marry you, alright. And maybe that's a lot of romantic bullsh*t, but people have gotten married for a lot less.” - Jesse

1:30:09-1:43:44 After Sunrise - The Next Morning, Themes: Death & Time

The Poem Jesse Recites in Part, “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H. Auden: https://poets.org/poem/i-walked-out-one-evening

Article on the themes of Death & Time: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4427-transitory-figures-one-scene-from-before-sunrise

1:43:44-1:54:13 Themes: Men vs. Women, The Ideal vs. the Real in Love

1:54:13-1:59:04 More Vienna Filming Locations, Vienna Travel Recommendations, Did you think Jesse & Celine would meet again?

More Filming Locations:

  • Maria Theresienplatz - located between the Naturalhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistoriches Museum
  • Churches in church scene: Exterior - Mariam am Gestade (also seen in “The Third Man”), Interior - Mariahilferkirche
  • Donaukanal/Danube Canal - poet scene
  • Arena Club Cafe - musician, pinball scene

Travel Recommendations:

1:59:04-2:06:44 Double Feature Recommendations

Every Rom Com 15: Before Sunrise (2024)


What is the famous line from Before Sunrise? ›

Celine : I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really?

Do Jesse and Celine end up together? ›

Nine years after the events of Before Sunset, Jesse and Céline are finally married and have two twin girls.

What does the palm reader say in Before Sunrise? ›

During one scene in “Before Sunrise,” a palm reader approaches Céline and Jesse, and tells her, “You need to resign yourself to the awkwardness of life. Only if you find peace within yourself will you find true connection with others.” Every time I hear it, it resonates with me deeply.

Which one is better, Before Sunrise or Before Sunset? ›

Also, while neither ending could possibly be better, "Before Sunrise" ends with just the question of what will happen to Jessie and Celine, whereas "Before Sunset" goes beyond that question to include both what will happen to others we have never met and how we can reconcile "the happy ending" with those consequences.

What is so special about before sunrise? ›

What to Know. Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Is there a sequel to Before Sunrise? ›

The Before Trilogy consists of three American romance films directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Beginning with Before Sunrise (1995), and continuing with two sequels, Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013).

What is the message of before sunrise? ›

Before Sunrise revolves largely around the twin themes of self-fulfillment and self-discovery through a significant other, charging the concept through the introduction of a twelve-hour time constraint in which the goals implicit to the two themes have to be realized.

How old are Céline and Jesse in Before Sunset? ›

We meet them when they are 23 in Before Sunrise (1995), then at the age of 32 in Before Sunset (2004), and at the age of 42 in Before Midnight (2013). With the absence of a traditional plotline in each of the three films, I think it is best to treat the trilogy as a one long film.

Did Jesse and Céline sleep together before sunrise? ›

He doesn't want to tell us that Jesse and Céline actually had sex in the first movie until the two say it to themselves nine years later in the sequel film. In fact, whenever Jesse and Céline are together, they're never really admitting anything.

How much of before sunrise is improvised? ›

'Before Sunrise' (1995)

According to Hawke, a wonderful combination of scripting with improv was the secret ingredient for the films' remarkable real-life feel: "There were a lot of scenes like that. It was mostly scripted improv. We would improvise, talk about it and Rick would go home and write a scene."

Which book was Céline reading in before sunrise? ›

C00ELINE, a young woman in her mid-twenties, is curled up in her seat reading Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye. Strikingly attractive, she plays it down by wearing no makeup, a loose-fitting vintage dress, and flat shoes.

What is right Before Sunrise called? ›

In its most general sense, twilight is the period of time before sunrise and after sunset, in which the atmosphere is partially illuminated by the sun, being neither totally dark or completely lit.

Which is the best movie in the before trilogy? ›

Before Sunset, to me, is where the Before trilogy really hits its stride, with by far the biggest improvement being the screenplay. Delpy and Hawke co-wrote the film alongside Linklater this time, and that extra help really shows.

What is the famous quote from before trilogy? ›

"I Believe If There's Any Kind Of God, It Wouldn't Be In Any Of Us, Not You Or Me, But Just This Little Space In Between." It's clear throughout Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight that both Jesse and Celine are two highly intelligent characters. This quote may be the most intelligent of them all.

What is the couple saying at the beginning of before sunrise? ›

Richard Linklater left out subtitles but in the opening sequence, the couple on the train is actually arguing in German. The man is reading in his newspaper how 70,000 women are addicted to alcohol. The script translated the squabble as follows: "You're one of them," he says to his wife.

What is the time Machine quote before sunrise? ›

Well, I'm one of those guys. That's me y'know, so think of this as time travel, from then, to now, to find out what you're missing out on. See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband to find out that you're not missing out on anything.

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