A few days ago, catastrophic fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Millions of people around the world feel deeply sad and sorry for it. This distressing news reminds us of the film, Before Sunset. It was directed by Richard Linklater, based on his true story. The film picks up the story in Before Sunrise of the young American man (Hawke) and a French woman (Delpy) who spent a passionate night together in Vienna. Their paths intersect nine years later in Paris. The directors and lead actors collaborated on another film following these characters, Before Midnight, which was released in 2013 and also gained acclaim.

 

Today we ‘re highlighting the best quotes from Before Sunset:

Jesse : I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn’t do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think…

Celine : Is that true?

Jesse : I don’t know. I always liked the story, though.

 

Celine : You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.

 

Celine : Memories are wonderful things, if you don’t have to deal with the past.

 

Celine : I was having this awful nightmare that I was 32. And then I woke up and I was 23. So relieved. And then I woke up for real, and I was 32.

 

Celine : Even being alone it’s better than sitting next to your lover and feeling lonely.

 

Jesse : You know, I think that book that I wrote, in a way, was like building something. So that I wouldn’t forget the… details of the time that we spent together. You know, like just a reminder that… that once we really did meet! You know, that this was real! That this happened!

Time to learn some collocations and sentence structures:

Jesse : I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn’t do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think…

in charge of :responsible for something or someone.

  • No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • I am in charge of the planning and design during the project team.

knocked out :to stop a machine, system, etc. from working;to produce something quickly without spending time thinking about the details.

  • Knock out more windows so you can get out if it goes over, ” came the reply.
  • Raid on the city, knock out, evil tusks.
  • When those gaps happen, knock out some of your to-do lists.

Celine : Memories are wonderful things, if you don’t have to deal with the past.

deal withto take action in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem.

  • So how do we deal with our problems?
  • Rather than deal with reality, we deal with hope.

Please write down your own sentences by using these expressions, and leave your comments down below. We are looking forward to your answers!

That’s all for today. Have a nice day!

See you next time.

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