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Before Sunset (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  30 July 2004 (USA)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.



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Louise Lemoine Torrès ...
Journalist #1 (as Louise Lemoine Torres)
Rodolphe Pauly ...
Mariane Plasteig ...
Diabolo ...
Denis Evrard ...
Albert Delpy ...
Marie Pillet ...


Early thirty-something American Jesse Wallace is in a Paris bookstore, the last stop on a tour to promote his best selling book, This Time. Although he is vague to reporters about the source material for the book, it is about his chance encounter nine years earlier on June 15-16, 1994 with a Parisienne named Celine, and the memorable and romantic day and evening they spent together in Vienna. At the end of their encounter at the Vienna train station, which is also how the book ends, they, not providing contact information to the other, vowed to meet each other again in exactly six months at that very spot. As the media scrum at the bookstore nears its conclusion, Jesse spots Celine in the crowd, she who only found out about the book when she earlier saw his photograph promoting this public appearance. Much like their previous encounter, Jesse and Celine, who is now an environmental activist, decide to spend time together until he is supposed to catch his flight back to New York, this ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Before Sunrise 2  »

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Box Office


$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$228,304 (Germany) (18 June 2004)


$5,792,822 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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Did You Know?


Jesse (Ethan Hawke) has married a woman because she became pregnant, and they are now in a wedding crisis. This parallels the story he told in Before Sunrise (1995), about his parents marrying because of his mother's unexpected pregnancy, and their subsequent divorce. See more »


A change in street scene: when Celine tells Phillippe that they have arrived at her apartment, the view through the back window is of one way traffic, but when the car does pull over and they get out, the traffic is two-way. See more »


[first lines]
Journalist #1: Do you consider the book to be autobiographical?
Jesse: Uh, well, I mean... isn't everything autobiographical?
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Followed by Before Midnight (2013) See more »


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Performed by Julie Delpy
Composed by Julie Delpy
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Pure Delight
17 February 2005 | by (Dili, Timor Leste) – See all my reviews

Nine years on Celine and Jessie meet in Paris not entirely by destiny or sheer force of circumstance... Nine years ago I loved Before Sunrise so much! And identified with it even though I was far from home not out of choice - and a war of the kind that bothered Celine in Bosnia was going on in my own country... But I was young. I was 24, actually, very romantic and innocent. Now I Know how things work a little better. The world, relationships. But I'm still plunging into causes for their own sake. And I'm still a reasonably normal person. Just like the characters in this film. Paris has never looked simpler in its casual elegance. Dialogue has never seemed more natural. A script never touched real life like this one so effortlessly. I'm in love with these characters - and with the ending... This is how European Cinema used to be - and Hollywood, too for that matter. Naturally real and magical in the details.

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