Comparing Before Sunrise with Before Sunset

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What really happens Before Sunrise and Before Sunset?

By: David Pickett (209048489)

Postmodern condition in cinema implies a deviation from the mean in terms of conventional narratives. Before Sunrise doesn’t end with both Jesse and Celine staying together in love. Sunrise ends on a cliffhanger leaving the audience caught in suspense with the desire to know if they both come back and meet six months later at the train station. Most of the conventional love stories end happily with the two lovers uniting. Even Sunset does a great job in being unconventional in its ending where Jesse misses his plane to stay with Celine thus forcing the audience to ask questions such as, what is next for the two?

The concept of “Generation X” traits makes reference to the generation of people born after the cold war era and is typically referred to as the Slacker generation. This reference comes from stats showing that males in this age classification earned less and worked less yet had a higher education background. Members of this age classification reflect the philosophy of “working to live not living to work”. From the film one could tell that both characters were educated, through their dialogues. Another trait with high prevalence in Generation X is the individualism of the person. The ability to be self sufficient, ambitious, and adaptive to tolerate different lifestyles makes Generation X not only an interesting member to be but also an interesting generation to study.

In Before Sunset the audience sees Celine as a single woman in her thirties working to live, a typical portrayal of a Gen X female. Jesse in the sequel as well also contemplates divorce from his wife, which is again another gen X tendency. The film ends with Jesse acknowledging that he’s going to miss his flight, one cannot help but wonder if this means he is prepared to leave his wife back home in New York, or if he and Celine have a future together in store.

One thing the audience can...
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