The Before Trilogy: Time Regained

The Before Trilogy: Time Regained by Dennis Lim (for the Criterion Collection)

The Before movies are often called “talky,” with good reason, but that tag gives short shrift to the sheer delicacy and precision of the actors’ body language, the degree to which these films are rooted in a subtle interplay of minute gestures and split-second glances. One sweetly telling moment happens aboard a tramcar early in Sunrise when Jesse impulsively reaches out, as if to brush a lock of Celine’s hair from her face, but just as quickly loses his nerve and withdraws his hand. And not a single word is exchanged in perhaps the film’s most heart-stopping sequence: squeezed into a record-store listening booth while a folk song by Kath Bloom plays, Celine and Jesse steal glances at each other, avoiding direct eye contact, smiling to themselves, fully aware the other is looking. The critic Robin Wood once proclaimed the scene resistant to analysis, calling it “the cinema’s most perfect depiction . . . at once concrete and intangible, of two people beginning to realize that they are falling in love.”

These two scenes were of some of the more “affective” moments I had with Before Sunset and Sunrise. The visual parts are lessened in Midnight, left to compositional prowess over the actions of the characters themselves.

Author: aleksa

A recent graduate of University of Florida (B.A. in International Relations with a focus on Chinese Economics and Culture). Looking to do some good for disaster preparedness and environmental conservation within the United States and globally. This blog has to do with such topics. Though, many other times it has to do with interests: music, long-distance hiking, film theory, some pretentious philosophies, etc. With information tech, we have become inundated with thousands of sources of information each day. Only corporate algorithms are capable of sorting through them all. Human curation still means something. I hope to bring some good content. Because I seem to be finding great stuff everyday. I am unable to focus on hobbies. I have intermediate knowledge in photography and video-editing. I have a working knowledge of graphic and web design. I have spent almost two years with Chinese calligraphy. I make music.

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