Featuring young Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the film tells a story of two people meeting on a train in Europe. Celine is French, studies in Paris and returns from a visit to her grandma in Budapest. Jesse is American and has a plane to catch from Vienna to return to the US after a tour of Europe. Having enjoyed a conversation for a few hours, Jesse suggests that Celine joins him in spending a night in Vienna – walking around town and exploring its hidden gems. He could not afford to lodge in a hotel anyway and that was his concept for the night anyway. Celine agrees and the whole film closes within 24 hrs. They say their farewells on the rail station, where Celine boards the first morning train to Paris. They decide not to exchange any contact details but instead agree to meet at the same place in 6 months time.
It is a very warm story which gains a lot thanks to its sequel.