Memories Are Wonderful Things

Nine years have passed since Celine and Jesse first met and spent an unforgettable night together in Vienna in Richard Linklater’s 1995 film Before Sunrise. They parted -- with the promise to meet again in six months -- without exchanging phone numbers or addresses. In 2004’s Before Sunset, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is in Paris on the final stop of his book tour. The book, titled This Time, is about their night together, and of course Celine (Julie Delpy) has come to his reading. Jesse, who remains in a dull, spirit-crushing marriage for the sake of his young son, and Celine, who has had a string of uninspiring relationships, carefully reconnect in the short time they have before Jesse must catch his flight. Their casual yet philosophical banter eventually crescendos into an argument about romantic love that questions whether they’ve missed their opportunity or if the time that is meant to be has yet to come. You can watch the film and add your thoughts about love and the idea of soul mates in tonight’s discussion hosted by the Florida Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
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Lyssa Oberkreser
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