We can always hear some beautiful stories about people meeting their soul-mate or love of the life during a trip. It happens quite rarely, but we always fall for it, because one can drag his mind to as far as he wants, and the fantasy can be totally different every time, which are the exact beauties of day dreams.


On my flight back to Shanghai, I watched the movie “Before Sunrise” again. I remember we were talking about it during a dinner in Aix and the discussion we had stimulated me to review the story. In the movie, here is how everything begins between a girl and a boy who meet each other on the train, and he says the following when trying to persuade her to get off the train with him: “I don’t know, all I know is that I have to catch a flight tomorrow morning and I don’t have the money for a hotel, so I was just going to walk around, and it would be more fun if you’d come with me. If I turn out to be some kind of psycho, you can just get on the next train…… Ok think of like this, jump ahead 10, 20 years, and you are married. Only your marriage doesn’t have that same energy that it used to have. You start to blame your husband, and you start to think of all those guys you met in your life. What might have happened if you’d picked up one of them, and I’m one of those guys. So think of this as time travel, from then to now to find out what you are missing out on, and what the situation now could be a gigantic favor......to you and your future husband to find out that you are not missing out anything. I’m just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, boring. You made the right choice, you are happy.”


This logic is combined with reality and certain absurdity, but is undoubtedly tempting. The story begins with it, and ends because of it. This movie is not a romantic fairytale, but being 90 minutes all about Jesse and Celine walking in the town and talking whatever comes into their mind. I think if there is real experience behind the movie, the writer presents the story in the way he remembers, not how it actually happened. Isn’t it better sometimes? After 9 years, the sequel called “Before Sunset” was shown. Equally fantastic! I have found the DVD out, and maybe watch it again tomorrow. 