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
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Every moment of their conversation is captured on film “in real time that is, having the events of the narrative develop in the actual time the film is shown” (Wartenberg, “Before Sunset | Philosophy Now”). The viewer is drawn to the film in a more realistic way compared to the Hollywood conventional fare in which the actual time is minimized through editing. Thus, the editing allows more emphasis to be put on what the characters are saying to each other, while connecting with one another and the audience more profoundly.
The sequel, Before Sunset was filmed nine years later in Paris where Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is on a promotion tour of his book This Time. As he is answering questions from the Journalists he spots Céline (Julie Delpy). He briefly answers the Journalists questions so he can quickly meet up with her. As they begin walking through Paris we are drawn to their conversation and the picturesque views of Paris life capturing every moment in real time. Céline and Jesse have a lot to catch up on. They reach a coffee-shop, continue talking and tell him that she had attended New York University from 1996 to 1999. Jesse is surprised to hear this and tells Céline that just before his wedding day he thought he had seen her at a New York Deli. As they again begin to move throughout the city taking boat-rides and taxis, Jesse confesses to Céline that he wrote the book to record their meeting and time spent together in Vienna. At the beginning of