Before Sunrise
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… with loving parents. Her father is a successful architect, and they've traveled all around the world. Celine's lucky to have such a great family, and she knows it.

Living... in Paris. She’s returning after visiting her grandmother in Budapest. She could have flown, but she's too scared of planes. So she took a train, where she met an American guy named Jesse. They hit it off right away, and now she’s delaying her train to Paris a little longer.

Visiting… the beautiful city of Vienna. She got off with Jesse to spend a day with him there before he catches his Austrian Airlines flight at 9:30.  They didn’t have enough money for a hotel, so they've taken to wandering the city, talking about everything from their childhoods to thoughts on reincarnation.

Profession... college student, attending the Sorbonne in Paris. Celine's a little pressured because she isn't sure what she wants to do after she graduates.

Relationship Status... single. Celine’s a romantic at heart and wants to be involved with someone. But she's conflicted about relationships. As she puts it, "I always feel this pressure of being a strong and independent icon of womanhood, and without making it look my whole life is revolving around some guy. But loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?"

Challenge... dealing with her feelings for Jesse, whom she probably won't ever see again. By the time she got off the train, she had decided she would sleep with him. But now that they've talked so much, she's not so sure anymore.

Personality... in control - at least usually. But maybe not for just one night…


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