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Before Sunset Script taken from a transcript of the screenplay and/or the Richard Linklater movie. Richard Linklater Screenplays Collection (PDF Download) The screenplays below are the only For me it went to "Before Sunset" Screenplay. BEFORE SUNSET. INT. RESTAURANT: Celine. I was thinking, for me it's better I don't romanticize things as much anymore. I was suffering so much all the time.
No, you thought I was a fatty! Yeah, you, you wrote a book about a fat French girl! Jesse: No, listen Jesse: Seriously, all right, you look beautiful. Celine: It's amazing what perverts we've become in the past nine years. Jesse: At least now we don't have to pretend that each new sexual experience is a life-altering event. Celine: I know. By now, you know, you've stuck it in so many places, it's like about to fall off. Jesse: Yeah, you know, and I can't realistically expect that you've become anything but a total ho, at this point.
Celine: Yeah, thank you. Jesse: I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower.
Couple other places I think Celine: Is that true? Jesse: I don't know. I always liked the story, though. Jesse: You want to know why I wrote that stupid book? Celine: Why? Jesse: So that you might come to a reading in Paris and I could walk up to you and ask, "Where the fuck were you? Jesse: I'm serious. I think I wrote it, in a way, to try to find you.
Celine: Okay, that's— I know that's not true, but that's sweet of you to say. Jesse: I think it is true. What do you think were the chances of us ever meeting again? Celine: After that December, I'd say almost zero.
But we're not real anyway, right? We're just, uh, characters in that old lady's dream. She's on her deathbed, fantasizing about her youth. So of course we had to meet again.
Jesse: Oh, God, why weren't you there, in Vienna? Celine: I told you why. Jesse: Well, I know why, I just— I wish you would have been. Our lives might have been so much different. Celine: You think so? Celine: Maybe not. Maybe, we would have hated each other eventually. Jesse: Oh what, like we hate each other now? Celine: You know, maybe we're— we're only good at brief encounters, walking around in European cities in warm climate. Jesse: Oh, God, why didn't we exchange phone numbers and stuff?
Why didn't we do that? Celine: Because we were young and stupid. Jesse: Do you think we still are? Celine: I guess when you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times. Jesse: And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect. Celine: The past is the past. It was meant to be that way. Jesse: What, you really believe that? That everything's fated? Celine: Well, you know, the world might be less free than we think.
Jesse: Yeah? Celine: Yeah, when given these exact circumstances, that's what will happen every time: two part hydrogen, one part oxygen, you get water every time. Jesse: No, no, I— I— I mean what if your grandmother had lived a week longer, or, you know, or passed away a week earlier, days even. You know things might have been different. I believe that. Celine: No, you can't think like that, it's Jesse: No, I mean, I know you shouldn't on most things, but— It's just, on this one it seemed like something was off, you know?
Celine: Do you think you would have finished your book if you were fucking someone every five minutes?
Jesse: I might have welcomed the challenge. Celine: So, I want to try something. Jesse: What? Celine: [hugs him] I want to see if you stay together or if you dissolve into molecules.
Jesse: How'm I doing? Jesse: Good, I like being here. Celine: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane. Jesse: I know. Jesse: You know, I think that book that I wrote, in a way, was like building something. Jesse: So that I wouldn't forget the You know, like just a reminder that You know, that this was real! That this happened! Celine: I'm happy you're saying that, because I mean, I always feel like a freak, because I'm never able to move on like You know. Celine: People just have an affair, or even entire relationships They move on like they would have changed brand of cereals!
Celine: I feel I was never able to forget anyone I've been with. Because each person have You can never replace anyone. What is lost is lost. Celine: Each relationship, when it ends, really damages me. I never fully recover.
That's why I'm very careful with getting involved, because It hurts too much! Celine: Even getting laid! I actually don't do that Celine: I will miss on the other person the most mundane things.
Celine: Like I'm obsessed with little things. Celine: Maybe I'm crazy, but One day she followed me to see why. I was looking at chestnuts falling from the trees, rolling on the sidewalk, or Little things. Celine: I think it's the same with people. Celine: I see in them little details, so specific to each of them, that move me, and that I miss, and You can never replace anyone, because everyone is made of such beautiful specific details.
Celine: Like I remember the way, your beard has a bit of red in it. And how the sun was making it glow, that I remember that, and I missed it! Celine: I'm really crazy, right? Celine: I was thinking I was suffering so much all the time. I still have lots of dreams, but they're not in regard to my love life.
It doesn't make me sad, it's just the way it is. Jesse: Is that why you're in a relationship with, somebody who's Celine: Yes, obviously, I can't deal with the day to day life of a relationship. Celine: Yeah, we have, you know, this exciting time together and then he leaves and I miss him Celine: When someone is always around me, I'm like suffocating!
Jesse: No, wait, you just said that you need to love and be loved Celine: Yeah, but when I do, it quickly makes me nauseous! It's a disaster! Celine: I mean, I'm really happy only when I'm on my own.
Even being alone Celine: It's not so easy for me to be a romantic. You start off that way, and, after you've been screwed over a few times, you Celine: That's not even true! I haven't been They weren't mean, they cared for me, but At least, not from my side. Jesse: God, I'm sorry, is it It's not, right? Celine: You know It's not even that, I was I was fine, until I read your fucking book! It stirred shit out of me, you know? It reminded me how I don't believe in anything that relates to love, I don't feel things for people anymore!
Celine: In a way I put all my romanticism into that one night and I was never able to feel all this again. I expressed them to you, and you took them with you! Celine: It's funny Every single of my ex-es And later they call me to thank me for teaching them what love is, and I would have said "No!
But it's my fault, I know that it's my fault, because I never felt it was the right man. The idea that we can only be complete with another person is Celine: You know, I guess I've been heart broken too many times, and then I recovered. So now, you know, from the start, I make no effort.
Because I know it's not going to work out, I know it's not going to work out Jesse: You can't do that. You can't do that. You can't live your life trying to avoid pain, at the expense of the Celine: Ok, you know what?!
Those are words! I've gotta I've gotta get away from you Stop the car, I want to get out! Jesse: No, no, no, no, don't Celine: No, it's You know, it's being around you Jesse: Keep talking Celine: Don't touch me! You know, I wanna get on a cab Celine: directed to the taxi driver : Monsieur Celine directed to the taxi driver : Monsieur, arretez-vous!
Non, non, c'est bon, aux feux la! Jesse directed to the taxi driver : No, no, no, don't, keep going Jesse: No, listen, I'm just so happy Jesse directed to the taxi driver : Thank you, just keep going Jesse: All right!
Uhm, different things. Like last year, I was in India for quite a while, working on a water treatment plant.
I mean, this sounds like you're actually doing something, you know, I mean, most people, myself Sunset included, just You know, I'm really relieved you're not one of those Freedom Fries kind of Americans.
Hey, you know But, how did you get into that?
Ah, I came out of political science and I was hoping to work for the government. And I did, for a while Anyway, I got really tired So I decided what I really wanted to do was to find things that could be fixed, and try to fix them, you know?
I always thought you'd be doing something cool like that. I just You know, I actually alternated between thinking that You know, everything is irrevocably screwed up, and that things might be getting better in some ways.
How could you possibly say that? Well, I just mean, you know I mean, I know it sounds weird, but there are things to be optimistic about. I know the book you're selling, which is great, I'm very happy for you, but Ok, we're moving all our industry to developing nations.
We can get cheap labor free of any environmental laws. Ok, the weapon industry is booming, Five million people die every year for preventable water disease. So, how is the world getting any better? I'm not getting angry, I'm not getting angry, but Ok, I realize that there are a lot of serious problems in the world.
Ok, all right. Say "stop it"! What, what? No, look, all I'm saying is that there's more awareness out there, right? People are going to fight back! You know, I mean I think the world might be getting better because people like you are educated into speaking out. Even the very notion of conservation, environmental issues, those weren't even in the vocabulary until fairly recently, and now they're becoming a norm, and eventually might be what's expected all over the world!
I agree with what you're saying, but at the same time, it's dangerous! An imperialist country can use that kind of thinking to justify the economy greed. You know, human rights A particular imperialistic country you have in mind there, Frenchy?
No, not really Bon soir! Bon soir So, you want to sit over there? Yeah, this is perfect. Oh, wow, maybe what I'm saying is the world might be evolving the way a person evolves. Right, I mean Am I improving? I don't know! When I was younger I was healthier, but I was racked with insecurity. Now I'm older, my problems are deeper, but I'm So, what are your problems? Right now? I don't have any.
I don't. Me too. So, how long have you been in Paris? I got in last night. I've done 10 cities in 12 days, I'm a wreck I'm so glad it's over.
I'm tired of being a hugster. Ques-ce que je vous serve? What do you want? Un cafe et un citrone, s'il vous plait God, I love this cafe. I wish they had places like this in the US. Yeah, I missed cafes when I was living over there. I mean, I find a few places I really liked, but there was You were living in the US? Yes, from I was studying at NYU. Oh, God, don't tell me that, Celine! I've been living in New York since ' You know, we were there at the same time!
It actually crossed my mind a few times that I might run into you, but The odds are so slim, right? I didn't even know what city you were living in. Weren't you somewhere in Texas? Definitely, I just I was for a long time, I just You know, wanted to try New York. What brought you back here? I had finished my masters, for one. No more visa. And, anyway, I was starting to get paranoid. Gang violence, murders Especially serial killers.
But, the final stroll was: One night I heard a Yeah, after I had been raped and killed about 30 times. No, but It was a man and a woman officer, and I was explaining to them what I had heard, when the woman had to run downstairs to move the police car. So, I was left alone with the male cop. And right away, he asked me if I had a gun And I said no, of course not, I And he told me: "You better think about getting one. And I said to him, you know, I have no idea how to shoot a gun, and, I have no interest in firearms, whatsoever.
And that's when he pulled out his gun, like this And the next morning I called for an application to get a gun. Me, with a gun! I mean, that's really scary But then I realized something was wrong, the way that cop had pulled out his gun out, and everything So I canceled my demand for the gun, and So I gave up and I forgot about the whole thing. But, still, you know I really enjoyed being there.
There's a lot of things I miss about the US Yeah, like what? The overall good mood people have there, Like, you know, even if it can be bullshit sometimes. Like "How you doin'? No, everybody seems pretty happy to me. No, they are, I don't know. Maybe I just meet French men They drive me nuts! What is it? What about them?