Sometimes I forget to include the truly, truly underrated films that are universally loved, even on a small scale. This.
This, and its sequel, Before Sunset (2004) are perfect films. I can’t say the same about 2013’s Before Midnight, which, while a lot of people appreciate, doesn’t hold a candle to the first two films in the “Before Trilogy” by the much-adored Richard Linklater.
I saw this movie for the first time many years ago. And I’ve made it a point to share it with all friends, all girlfriends… hoping they would feel the film as strongly as I do. Some people missed the entire point. Most got it, though. Most felt it.
Everyone needs to see this film at least once a year, for their entire lives. Make it a ritual, like a New Year’s Eve gathering, family reunion, what have you. I obviously watch this film a lot more than once a year.
I have the big poster, the small poster, the DVD, the VHS, and watch it whenever it’s on cable (it’s currently airing on HBO, as well as Before Sunset). Watch them both, if you’ve never seen them, and your life will be enriched in ways you never thought possible. Thanks to all who made this film, especially Linklater.
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