It has been years since I heard of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy till I watched them without a stop today. It's the best choice I have made to relax this weekend. When the last film scene faded, I felt I have spent my life with Celine and Jesse together in the past four hours. The second Before Sunset is my favorite, maybe they talked more about self-fulfillment and self-discovery.
There are quotes from Before Sunset that has touched me deeply.
Celine: Have you ever spent time in Eastern Europe?
Jesse: Eastern -- No, I don't.
Celine: I remember as a teenager I went to Warsaw when it was still a strict communist regime. -- Which I don't approve of all. ...... something about being there was very interesting. After a couple of weeks, something changed in me. The city was quite gloomy and gray but after a while, my brain seemed clearer. I was writing more in my journal ...... ideas I'd never thought before.
Jesse: Communist ideas?
Celine: Listen, I'm not.
Jesse: I'm sorry. Okay. Go on.
Celine: Okay. I'll send you to a gulag later. No. But it took me a while to figure out why I felt so different. One day, as I was walking through the Jewish cemetery ...... I don't know why, but it occured to me there ...... I realize that I had spent the last two weeks away from most of my habits. The TV was in a language I didn't understand ...... there was nothing to buy, no advertisements anywhere ...... so all I'd been doing was walk around, and write. My brain felt like it was at rest. ...... free from the consuming frenzy. It was almost like a natural high. I felt so peaceful inside. No strange urge to be somewhere else ...... to shop ...... It could have seemed like boredom at first ...... but it became very, very soulful. It was interesting, you know?
I have a similar experience recently about "away from most of my habits, brain at rest free from consuming frenzy", though I am in the same and usual environment as before. Maybe I should owe it to rejection. The past month, I refused to do most of my old habits and tried to do everything in another way instead. It could be efficient less at first, but it became soulful too.