Before Sunset details
|Starring:||Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke|
|Genres:||Drama - Romantic, Romance|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Feb 2005|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return for more conversation nine years later in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise follow-up...
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Brief re-encounterBy Philip Concannon from London , 20 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]In 1995 a young American named Jesse(Ethan Hawke) was travelling through Europe when he noticed an attractive French girl on the same train. Summoning up the courage to talk to her he invited Celine(Julie Delpy) to have lunch with him and it's clear the two have a natural connection. When it's time for Jesse to get off the train he persuades Celine to come with him and the pair spend a romantic night together in Vienna.
The result was 'Before Sunrise', Richard Linklater's charmingly romantic film which ended on a cliff-hanger as Jesse and Celine promised to meet up in Vienna in exactly six months. So what happened? Did they both travel to see each other again? Or did they forget about their night of passion and get on with their lives?
Now we know. 'Before Sunset' is the story of Jesse and Celine's first meeting since that night. Jesse is now a novelist(the plot of his book sounds suspiciously familiar) with a wife and children and when he's at a book signing in Paris he suddenly spots Celine waiting outside. They only have a short amount of time to catch up before Jesse has to catch a plane. Can they rekindle what they had that night? Will they risk everything for a second chance?
'Before Sunset' is nothing short of a masterpiece. Co-written by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, the screenplay is stripped of anything that isn't honest, intelligent and romantic. As Jesse and Celine's initial awkwardness eases into a familiar intimacy, they spend an afternoon walking around Paris as they catch up on their lives.
Soon their dialogue starts to reveal a little more about their regret at not following up that night in Vienna, their lives have been tainted with a thought of what might have been. The film is shot in real time and it's impossible not to get sucked in by the intimate, eloquent dialogue. Linklater makes himself anonymous and lets Hawke and Delpy carry the film, which they do so effortlessly. They hardly seem to be acting at all here, so natural and easy is their chemistry. Hawke is funny and engaging while Delpy seems to grow more beautiful with each passing year.
As the would-be lovers come close to their time limit and reality looms on the horizon, the time for decision making rears it's head. Linklater wraps things up with an ending as perfect as any I've ever seen in the movies.
You don't need to have seen 'Before Sunrise' to appreciate this film as a few deft flashbacks give you all the information you need to know. To all viewers I really can't recommend this stunning film highly enough. It's sweet, sad, funny and heartbreaking all at once and, given the usual fare Hollywood passes off as 'romantic', it feels almost miraculous.
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One of the best romantic movies everBy a customer , 29 Apr 2013Watch the original first, but this is a great sequel and one of my favourite films. If you like action more than dialogue, then give it a wide berth!
It hurts, but I keep going backBy Kirkcudbright (22 reviews) , 16 Feb 2013I love this film, but I hardly ever watch it because it is like a piece of your stomach has been torn out each time. I like it more than Before Sunrise, which was great; but like all of us, the characters are much more interesting with age! When you watch the first film, you find yourself cringing sometimes in embarassed recognition of youth, with all the idealistic hope you used to have, and how much you took everything for granted, how limitless it all seemed. When you watch the second, you're cringing in pained recognition of how small, seemingly insignificant decisions (or indecision!) close you down as you age. And in spite of this, if you're lucky there remain rare and fleeting scraps of significance. It is simply and beautifully aware of those tiny conversations and images that only lasted a few seconds, but which stalk you and keep you awake and feeling sick for decades (I would compare it to 'Remains of the Day' in that sense). I wouldn't call this a 'romantic' film in the sense that you would watch it on a date. I love it and I'm very pleased it was made. You have to watch them in order.
before sunsetBy a customer , 14 Apr 2012what a waste of money too much talking no action, i can watch paint dry with more interest. This is the most boring film I have ever watched. can I have my money back please. This must also apply to before sunrise.
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For the sentimental among usBy a customer , 25 Feb 2012A very sentimental but heart warming film. Great script with lots of insightful comments. Watch how long stretches of the film are without cuts. Loved it.
Essential viewing for all romantic Gen X-ers...and anyone who saw the originalBy Copey007 (33 reviews) from Wolverhampton , 09 Feb 2012You should have seen the original before seeing this for it to really work...ideally perhaps a week or month apart.
The original is all about the endless possibilities being young and travelling offer...this one is about reflecting back on how the choices made have turned out, when it isn't too late to change.
Yes, you have to like the characters (the type that you may have been seen in a Woody Allen type film) but that isn't difficult. Aside from the co-incidence of meeting they are realistically presented.
And I liked how it ended (not the usual Rom-Com fluff)...