Lots of interesting news is starting to surface about a reunion between Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for another installment in what could soon be referred to as a trilogy - a part three of the series containing Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Is it too soon? Are they married? What are they talking about? Kids? Suri Cruise? I'd be happy if Linklater, Hawke and Delpy committed to revisit Jesse and Celine in a fixed increment of years, a'la Michael Apted's7-Up documentary series that's been tracking the lives of a class of British 7-year-olds through 42 years of their lives.
Let me see if I can describe the plot: Jesse and Celine discuss important personal issues in real time. As slim as that plot description sounds, I found both films in the Sunrise/Sunset series to be completely riveting. I know I'm not alone when I confess to falling in love with both of them as they fell in love with one another. My cold little heart raced faster and more optimistically than ever before when Jesse replied "I know," to Celine's "Baby, you're going to miss that plane." I mean, how could you not find that thrilling?
I read this other, slightly less awesome rumor that Delpy was directing her own romantic comedy, about a neurotic couple spending two hours roaming around Paris. Heck, if she writes and directs movies as well as she invents impromptu songs about one-night-stands, I'll happily support that. While we're discussing this, I shall put a question out: Do you prefer to watch Sunrise/Sunset back to back? Or, like me, do you prefer to wait it out a little bit between the two movies, so that your memory's a bit blurred and closer to the state Jesse and Celine are in when they reunite 10 years later? Or, if you've watched these movies as many times as I do, does waiting between watching the two no longer make sense, since you know pretty much every nuance by heart?