Before Sunset ★★★★★

Forget finally confronting "Upstream Color," or the eventual Sacred Cow conversation about "2001"... Having completed my "Before Sunrise/Sunset" homework, I can't imagine anything more daunting than seeing and discussing "Midnight." I find I'm utterly incapable of talking about these films in a rational, analytical way. Remember Ebert's joyous opening to his "Almost Famous" review?

Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.

That's me with "Sunrise/Sunset", except instead of an impulse to hug myself, my face is plastered with a permanent smile, broken only by the occasional laugh or nod acknowledging some perfectly-articulated nugget of truth. The SUV scene, where the serenity of their reunion is shattered by the raw emotion of regret, is so good it just might elevate the sequel past its predecessor ... And is it me, or are Jesse's repeated attempts to delay his trip to the airport the equivalent of the knight's gamesmanship in "The Seventh Seal" -- a condemned man's maneuvers to stave off death by prolonging the sublime? Hard to get more sublime than Julie Delpy and Nina Simone.

It is just me? OK, fair enough.

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