Time tickles the senses of almost every filmmaker. Think about it yourself, innumerable characters in movies are either running out of time or travelling time or commemorating the past or preparing for the future or unravelling history. But there are some movies where time is silent but way too strong. It is effortlessly visible, kept untouched and yet is wonderfully choreographed.
Richard Linklater is a wizard when it comes to designing time in movies. He plays with it and fearlessly experiments with time so realistically that we are almost unaware of it. It almost hypnotises as he unconsciously makes us live in pauses, celebrate seconds after seconds and rejoice stillness. Whether it be Boyhood, Tape, Slacker, or his experimental first project It’s impossible to learn to plow by reading books, Linklater has given us bold and fearless piece of art that plays with time.
But it is The Before Trilogy that stands monumental when it comes to romanticising time. Linklater kept this one real. It teases every time you watch it as the moments captured seem so untouched and realistically vulnerable. Apart from the stellar performance by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, it is the entire narrative and its relationship with time that keeps this trilogy unshaken.
Once you begin to dissect the film, it will surprise you how Linklater has harmonized time to make this masterpiece. Here are 9 ways the Before Trilogy plays with time:
1. The Story