In the movie Before Midnight, the protagonists Jesse and Celine go through a rough patch in their relationship. The couple constantly argues over Hank (Jesse’s son from his previous marriage), and Celine’s career choices. While Celine wants to focus on considering a job with the French government, Jesse wants to move to Chicago to be closer to Hank. With their relationship hanging by a thread, the couple decide to talk it out and resolve their issues. And, they reconcile.
Had Jesse and Celine not talked things through, they would have probably given up on their relationship and gone their separate ways. As portrayed beautifully in the movie, conversations mend relationships and strengthen them. Conversations not only mend and strengthen personal relationships, but also have the potential to bring people and communities together. Take the ‘Me Too Movement’ (#MeToo) on the internet, which is centred around creating awareness on sexual harassment and assault against women in workplaces. Uniting women from all walks of life, #MeToo encourages them to break their silence, without having to feel ashamed. Pushing them to talk openly about sexual abuse, this initiative attempts to make society understand the magnitude of this issue.
Be it women’s empowerment or freedom of speech, anti-bullying or gay rights movements, conversations are at the root of any societal change.
As precursors of change, conversations empower individuals and nations alike to voice concerns and find win-win solutions to problems.