The Before trilogy consists of three films directed by Richard Linklater & starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as lovers Jesse and Céline at three different parts of their lives. The trilogy consists of the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). The trilogy has been a personal favourite of mine because of the realness and rawness with which it speaks about the matters of the heart!
Read these quotes from Before Sunrise, Before Sunset & Before Midnight to know what we are talking about!
“Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” (Before Sunrise)
“I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone – the way he’s gonna part his hair, which shirt he’s gonna wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I am really in love.” (Before Sunrise)
“You know what’s the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? Is when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they’re thinking of you. You know, you’d like to think you’re both in all this pain but they’re just like “Hey, I’m glad you’re gone.” (Before Sunrise)
“I kind of see this all love as this, escape for two people who don’t know how to be alone. People always talk about how love is this totally unselfish, giving thing, but if you think about it, there’s nothing more selfish.” (Before Sunrise)
“You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.” (Before Sunset)
“You know, I think that book that I wrote, in a way, was like building something. So that I wouldn’t forget the… details of the time that we spent together. You know, like just a reminder that… that once we really did meet! You know, that this was real! That this happened!” (Before Sunset)
“Memory is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past.” (Before Sunset)
“What is love, if it’s not respect, trust, admiration?” (Before Sunset)
“Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but we are just passing through.” (Before Midnight)
“If you want true love, then this is it. This is real life. It’s not perfect, but it’s real.” (Before Midnight)
“I am giving you my whole life ok? I got nothing larger to give, I’m not giving it to anybody else. If you’re looking for permission to disqualify me, I’m not gonna give it to you. Ok? I love you. And I’m not in conflict about it. Okay? But if what you want is like a laundry list of all the things that piss me off, I can give it to you.” (Before Midnight)
“But I accept the whole package, the crazy and the brilliant… I know you’re not gonna change and I don’t want you to. It’s called accepting you for being you.” (Before Midnight)