My favorite one among the trilogy. The characters are grown up with realistic back story, and yes, I still believe in their preserved feelings, which could survive years in each other's total absence. I love Céline the most here, when she recalled her lost loves, when she sang a song for Jesse (the ending is perfect); a woman who lives her life fully yet still have a room for a yearn of love.
Just as rich as the first, with a shorter running time and a good deal more reserved desperation running through it. These films are miraculous in that they let the unseen dramas that unfold within each of us every single moment take center stage, and express them elegantly and casually.
really wonderful. in terms of movement there isn't much difference from before sunrise, in my opinion. but this longitudinal study of a film has provided results better than i'd hoped. the 9 years between films is felt in nuanced gesturing, the apprehension and cynicism, the initial discomfort to comfort in conversation to the same youthful reckless abandon of the before sunrise.
I was definitely in the small demographic that went gaga-eyed upon hearing the announcement way back when of a BEFORE SUNRISE sequel. Though I marveled at the movie, I found it shockingly depressing. I wouldn't say I find it depressing, exactly, now that I am in my lateish thirties. I find it true and direct (especially when indirect). A movie of towering personal significance, informing my own passage through time.
More deeply moving and technically audacious than the first film, this sequel is actually about something. Attempts to preserve youth and re-inhabit moments pervade the film, giving it more drama than the original and giving you a stronger sense of who these people are.