Mainstream media has tried many times to capture love - the most evasive of emotions - on the big screen. Only in films like these has it not slipped away. “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” tell the story of two chance encounters. As per the style of director Linklater, the plots runs thick with dialogue and philosophizing. This helps to provoke creative thought, reveal both characters’ passions and flaws, and deeply relate to the audience. Linklater also choose to film the second movie in realm-time, not skipping scenes but sticking with the lovers - their reality - and letting us live by them. To complete this effect he excluded background music and waited 9 years before publishing the second film, the same time period that transgresses between the plots’ two encounters. Jesse’s day-dreamed idea of a work that realistically displays life and its beauty seems to have come true. I give 5 stars for 5 great attributes: creativity, emotional power, authenticity, superb acting, and beauty.
P.S. As if to re-affirm their existence, Linklater even gives the characters a surprise occurrence in “Waking Life”.