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Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Richard Linklater (2004)

76min
15 Certificate
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Nine years after their brief encounter in Vienna in Before Sunrise, director Richard Linklater reunites his two lovers for a second tryst, this time in Paris. Meeting "by chance" in a city bookshop, the pair talk of the past (they had vowed to meet up six months after their night in Vienna), their present and possible futures during the course of a 70-minute stroll that plays out in real time. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise the roles of Jesse and Céline, slipping effortlessly back into them while adding layers of age and experience. Linklater directs his often perceptive script (co-written with Delpy and Hawke) with economy and quiet style. Fans of the first film will need no urging to see this sequel, but those who missed the first meeting of Jesse and Céline may feel a little left out in the cold, as an already developed affection for these talky and at times pretentious characters is a definite bonus.

Summary

Nine years after the end of their whirlwind affair, a pair of thirtysomethings bump into each other again in Paris and take the opportunity to catch up. It becomes clear that although both are in relationships with other people, their feelings for each other have not completely disappeared. Richard Linklater's sequel to romantic drama Before Sunrise, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Cast & Crew

Jesse Wallace Ethan Hawke
Céline Julie Delpy
Bookstore manager Vernon Dobtcheff
Journalist number one Louise Lemoine Torres
Journalist number two Rodolphe Pauly
Waitress Mariane Plasteig
Philippe Diabolo
Man at grill Albert Delpy
Woman in courtyard Marie Pillet
Director Richard Linklater
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for language. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 23 Jul 2004

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