BEFORE SUNRISE

Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke


(Eurail coach car. Man and woman argue in German. Woman slaps man, grabs newspaper)

(Céline looks up from book, disturbed. Moves to another seat, across from Jesse. They glance over at each other)

(German woman leaves car)

(Jesse and Céline look at each other, smile. Céline looks away)

Jesse: Do you have any idea what they were arguing about?

(Céline glances up at him, looks over)

Jesse: Do you - Do you speak English?

Céline: Yeah. No, I'm sorry, my German is not very good.

Céline: Have you ever heard that as couples get older, they lose their ability to hear each other?

Jesse: No.

Céline: Well, supposedly, men lose the ability to hear higher-pitched sounds, and women eventually lose hearing in the low end. I guess they sort of nullify each other, or something.

Jesse: I guess. Nature's way of allowing couples to grow old together without killing each other.

(Céline smiles, small laugh, turns away)

Jesse: What are you reading? (she shows him) Oh, yeah.

Céline: How about you?

Jesse: Umm. (Looks down, then laughs as he shows her. She smiles)

(The couple returns to car, still arguing, although a lot calmer)

Jesse: Look, I was thinking about going to the lounge car sometime soon. Would you like to come with me?

Céline: Yeah.

Jesse: Okay.

(They go to lounge car)