The theme for today's Valentine's Day Playlist is "newfound love," which got me thinking about movies that truly capture that mushy, fluttery feeling of brand-new love. In my opinion, no movie addresses this theme better than Before Sunrise.
Ethan Hawke plays Jesse, an American backpacker traveling in Europe. He befriends a fellow traveler, the lovely Celine (Julie Delpy), on a train bound for Vienna, and they spend the last 14 hours of his vacation together. Essentially just two hours of conversation — every minute of them compelling — the film follows their wanderings throughout the night as they delve into each other's histories, beliefs, and musings on relationships. The fleeting nature of their time together — Jesse is leaving Europe in the morning — causes them to be carefree, blatantly honest, and vulnerable, making you wish every love affair could start that way.