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Before Sunset (2004)

R | | Drama, Romance | 30 July 2004 (USA)
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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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

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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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Before Sunrise 2  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

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

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$5,792,822 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2004. See more »

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When Jesse and Celine walk from the book signing to the cafe, the couple they pass window shopping is wearing different clothes depending on the camera angle. See more »

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[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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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Bach: Goldberg Variation Number 25
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Performed by Igor Kipnis
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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So Little Time, So Much Love.
11 December 2004 | by (BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Before Sunset is one of those movies, you either love, or you hate.

Personally, I loved it.

Now, I recommend watching "Before Sunrise" first, however it isn't necessary. Before Sunset does a good job of reviewing what had happened, therefore if you decide to watch it Before watching "Sunrise" you have nothing to worry about.

Some scenes are extremely well done. The characters are picture perfect, and the movie itself, is breathtaking. The aura of the movie is so spectacular, that it will inspire young directors out there, to pick up their video cameras are start filming.

An 80 minute movie, about two lovable characters and what they have to say, may sound boring. But the way it's done in Before Sunset, will sweep this impression right off your feet.

Julie and Ethan play two of the most honest and true characters I have ever seen, they are known as Jesse and Celine. And while much of the credit must go to the characters themselves, you musn't forget the actor and actress who played them.

Julie is perfect as Celine. The young french actress is so natural in front of the camera. Definitely, has potential.

Ethan is also very very honest, he seems so comfortable character that that you forget your watching a movie, and not a home-made video.

Both play with such honest expression, and such trueness, that they are so natural, Before Sunset becomes no longer a movie. It feels as if you are eavesdropping on two extremely developed people. It's such an intimate environment, that you never want to leave.

Before Sunset... 9.901/10*****


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