Before Sunrise and Before Sunset

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The films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are said to represent the so-called slacker genre. Slackers are individuals in society who have no direction and no reasonable expectation or realistic goals in life. This term is mainly used with Generation X’ers (people born between 1961 and 1981) (Casto, “What’s A Slacker Movie?”). Slacker movies are films that deal with the ordinary day-to-day life of these people. In Before Sunrise and Before Sunset the characters sense of wandering and the feel of aimlessness is what make them qualify as slacker films. It is a different story telling, not the classical Hollywood story where boy meets girl, falls in love and lives happily ever after but a real story with perhaps no happy ending or no ending…show more content…
The difference is that nine years earlier, they were a twenty-something couple both single, which represented the Generation X, people who “grew up in the ‘me generation’ of the [1970s and] 1980s and now recognize that it was not all that it was cracked up to be” (Jochim, “Generation X defies definition”). Nine years later, and in their thirties and both attached to other people, they realize that they are constrained by the choices they have made and that “getting older means no longer having the chance to realize ones potential through their free choice” (Wartenberg, “Before Sunset | Philosophy Now”). At the end of the film Before Sunset Céline and Jesse are in her apartment listening to music and she begins to dance reminding him about his flight. The camera turns to Jesse where he is seen twirling his wedding ring on his finger. As a viewer the twirling of the wedding ring is representing the uncertainty about his happiness in his marriage. This situation is very much relatable to the audience as divorce and the struggle of marriage has become a common occurrence in today’s society. Both the films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are about Céline’s and Jesse’s relationship and their mutual interest in conversation. They spend a lot of time talking about their feelings yet never sincerely act upon them. The films can relate to the

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