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


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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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$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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[first lines]
Journalist #1: Do you consider the book to be autobiographical?
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13 December 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews that it ends. This is a fantastic film. It joins the handful of movies where I think I liked the sequel even more than the original, although I liked 'Before Sunrise' as well. Where Sunrise captured the immediacy and urgency of perfect youthful love, Sunset reflects beautifully on the aftermath of that perfection. I remember a line that says "nothing that is complete breathes", and I think that is what we see in this film. A perfect connection with another human is a blessing and a curse; having experienced perfection a part of us stops breathing, unable or unwilling to mar the perfection of that memory.

The dialogue is amazing, the acting is spot-on; this is a great film. In some ways it felt more like reading a great novel than watching a movie, in that I really felt like I knew the characters and was sad the movie had to end. Kind of like saying goodbye to an old friend. If you are an action movie kind of person, skip this flick because it will bore you to tears. If, on the other hand, you like good dialogue, well formed characters, and aren't quite jaded enough to have given up completely on the idea of true love, don't miss this film.

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