Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid. Written by
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A sequel to the 1995 film "Before Sunrise". Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and
Celine (Julie Delpy) meet 9 years after their initial meeting. They've
changed--originally they were in their 20s and full of idealism. Now
they're in their 30s--and their lives have changed in ways they didn't
predict. Like the first movie they walk around Paris this time and talk about love, life, reality, what
might have been--and it's all fascinating. Like the first film this is
basically a character study and (like the first) just incredible. It's
like catching up with old friends after 9 years apart! They've aged a
lot--Hawke looks TERRIBLE but Delpy looks OK--and life has thrown both
a few hard knocks but hearing how they survived and what they went
through is just incredible.
This is NOT for everybody (four people walked out when I went to see
it) but, for people who can deal with nonstop talk for 80 minutes it is
just great. Every single line rings true and is delivered full force by
Hawke and Delpy. The acting varies--Hawke is good (but he smiles WAY
too much)--Delpy is just superb all the way through.
This is easily one of the best films of 2004. Highly recommended.
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