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9,347 Ratings

Before Sunset

Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 2004
Drama, Romance


Jesse and Celine encounter one another nine years after their fateful meeting aboard a European train. Now, they have one afternoon to find out whether their bond has defied time and place and whether they belong together.

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Before Sunset Directed by Richard Linklater

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2005 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

New York Film Critics

2004 | Winner: Top Films of the Year

Real time gives the film its formal rigor and dramatic urgency. With hardly a minute to waste, Jesse and Celine are no longer pausing to take in the sights or to engage with bystanders; the outside world falls away even more. Taking in a single sustained conversation—intricately plotted and mapped, and captured with a discreetly fluid Steadicam in the walk-and-talk scenes—Before Sunset illustrates better than any other Linklater film his gift for creating the illusion of spontaneity.
March 01, 2017
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The character of Jesse can be initially characterized by an unlikely oscillation between “Ethan Hawke” mode—the disenchanted downtown celebrity who’d rather keep it real writing novels, turning down blockbusters… and “Richard Linklater” mode: the everyman intellectual, reading voluminous quantities of philosophy and literature but deliberately never using any words a freshman UT stoner wouldn’t use. And in BEFORE SUNSET, Celine becomes rather more “Julie Delpy”…
August 30, 2013
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The movie revisits and essentially reenacts the romantic fantasy of Before Sunrise, delivering the simple pleasures we crave—updates on what happened to the characters after their first encounter, smart and jaunty banter, and a crisp, intoxicating sexual and romantic energy. At the same time, it reveals itself to be something far more meaningful and wholly unexpected: a melancholic contemplation of missed opportunity and an ambivalent reflection on what it means to get older.
December 28, 2009
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