The Before trilogy consists of three films directed by Richard Linklater and 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 idea of the Before Trilogy came when Richard Linklater spent the night walking with a woman he met called Amy. They lost contact throughout the years. He tried to find her again, but unfortunately he found out in 2010 that Amy had died in a car accident several years ago.
Before Sunrise (above), the first film in the trilogy is set in a single night in Vienna, Austria. Jesse, an American student traveling Europe, and Céline, a French student returning to university after visiting relatives, meet on a train traveling to Vienna from Budapest, Hungary. The two wander the streets of Vienna and become romantically interested in each other. At the end of the film, they part, but agree to meet again in the future.
“I want to watch this movie with a woman all in one day. Hell, inside a blanket fort with snacks and sexintercoursemissions in between.”Me
2nd Movie: Before Sunset takes place nine years after the first film, and is set in a single afternoon in Paris, France. Jesse, now a best-selling author, has a chance encounter with Céline while on tour in Europe promoting his latest book, an account of their prior meeting in Vienna. They lament that they had not followed through with their prior plans to meet again, and wander Paris having conversations similar to the first film. At the end of the film, Jesse returns to Céline’s apartment and intentionally misses his plane to return to the U.S. to spend more time with her.
3rd Movie: Before Midnight takes place nine years later, and is set in a single afternoon in at a seaside village in Greece.