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Before Sunset -- It's nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Richard Linklater (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
17 June 2004 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?
Plot:
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard Linklater (screenplay) &
Julie Delpy (screenplay) &
Ethan Hawke (screenplay)

Richard Linklater (story) &
Kim Krizan (story)

Richard Linklater (characters) &
Kim Krizan (characters)

Produced by
Isabelle Coulet .... co-producer
Richard Linklater .... producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
 
Production Design by
Baptiste Glaymann 
 
Costume Design by
Thierry Delettre 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Bourdiol .... key hair stylist
Anne Bourdiol .... key makeup artist
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist: additional crew (as Elisa Costa Ellis)
Terri Ewton .... press junket: key hair stylist
Terri Ewton .... press junket: key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Marc Abbou .... unit production manager
Sara Johnson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roxane Andreani .... second assistant director
Jerome Borenstein .... first assistant director
Ariane Lacan .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Mika Cotellon .... set dresser: additional crew
Soasig Le Ruyet .... art department trainee
Laid Liazid .... set dresser: additional crew
Régis Mayot .... construction manager: additional crew (as Regis Mayot)
Cyril Mignot .... set dresser
Karine Bakala Pindoux .... painter: additional crew
Frank Pitussi .... stand-by props
Francois Poublan .... set dresser
Gaelle Renard-Werner .... property buyer (as Gaele Renard Werner)
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Bernard Bats .... sound mixer
Wayne Bell .... sound effects editor
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... boom operator
Ajae Clearway .... dialogue editor
Matt Coby .... mix assistant: Swelltone
Jay Gallagher .... mix assistant: Swelltone
Tom Hammond .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... supervising sound editor
Justin Hennard .... foley editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jason Piatt .... foley mixer
Matthieu Tartamella .... sound trainee
 
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Andreetti .... video operator
Loïc Andrieu .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera, additional crew (as Loic Andrieu)
Loïc Andrieu .... camera operator: additional crew (as Loic Andrieu)
Eric Baraillon .... electrician: additional crew
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... gaffer
Eric Bialas .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera, additional crew
Eric Bialas .... camera operator: additional crew
Stephane Canda .... key grip: additional crew
Lucie Colombie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Stéphane Cry .... electrician (as Stephane Cry)
Adrien Debackere .... second assistant camera: additional crew
Youcef Djedra .... grip: additional crew
Laurent Dray .... grip: additional crew
Euriel Etevenon .... second assistant camera: additional crew
Emma Faucheux .... still photographer: additional crew
Frederic Fulton .... key grip: additional crew
Vincent Gallot .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alain Herpe .... first assistant camera: additional crew
Anthony Jouslin .... assistant camera trainee: additional crew
Emilie de la Hosseraye .... still photographer (as Emilie De La Hosseraye)
Philip Lozano .... second assistant camera
Eric Macel .... first assistant camera: additional crew
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Jim McConkey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Steve Moreau .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pierre Morel .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera, additional crew
Pierre Morel .... camera operator: additional crew
Daniel Morit .... key grip
Gil Pannetier .... first assistant camera
Lisa Persson .... assistant camera trainee (as Lisa Perrson)
Christian Petrucelli .... grip
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Benoît Theunissen .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera, additional crew (as Benoit Theunissen)
Benoît Theunissen .... camera operator: additional crew (as Benoit Theunissen)
Serge Valézy .... electrician (as Serge Valezy)
Philippe Vigier .... electrician: additional crew
Cyril Viletier .... generator operator
 
Casting Department
Christophe Canavaggio .... casting assistant
Annette Trumel .... casting: Paris
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michel Louzon .... textile artist: additional crew
Marie Trimouille .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michelle Fairbanks .... editorial intern
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Allegra Kolber .... editorial intern (as Allegra McCoy)
David Orr .... color timer
Nevie Owens .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Igor Kipnis .... musician: piano for "Goldberg Variation, Nr. 25"
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
Randall Poster .... music consultant
 
Transportation Department
Mika Cotellon .... driver: additional crew
Philippe Crepet .... transportation: trailers
Johan Graslin .... transportation: trailers, additional crew
Steven Lasson .... transportation: trailers, additional crew
Laid Liazid .... driver: additional crew
Philippe Mayer .... transportation: trailers
Cyril Mignot .... driver
Francois Poublan .... driver
 
Other crew
Jonathan Alvord .... technical consultant (as Jon Alvord)
Emilie Barbault .... assistant script supervisor
Jean-Paul Berreau .... caterer
David Boitard .... production assistant: additional crew
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
David Brones .... production assistant
Frédéric Chartier .... production assistant: additional crew (as Frederic Chartier)
Émeline Courtecuisse .... production assistant: additional crew (as Emeline Courtecuisse)
Brent Cox .... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP
Carine Crouzille .... production secretary (as Carine Crouzille Lelievre)
Catherine De Guirchitch .... accountant: France
Jean-Baptiste Duez .... production assistant
Laurent Flaesch .... cat handler
Maud Fumana .... production assistant: additional crew
Jennifer Gaylord .... legal services: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Jennifer Gaylord Rohrer Esq.)
Flavien Gessati .... stand-in
Pierre Hue .... production assistant
Hussein Khedoo .... production assistant
Ariane Lacan .... production assistant: additional crew
Guilhem Malgoire .... production assistant
Michelle Masseyeff .... assistant: Ms. Delpy and Mr. Hawke
Morgan Miles .... accountant: U.S.
Emmanuel Mitry .... production assistant
Franklin Pedrosa .... assistant location manager
Isabelle Querrioux .... script supervisor
Emmanuel Roussille .... location scout: additional crew
Edith Roux .... location scout
Mathieu Roux .... production assistant
Serge Szwarcbart .... production assistant
Alexandra Tavares .... stand-in
Isabelle Thillien .... production assistant
Corinne Vallee .... caterer
Caroline Vandenbussche .... production assistant: additional crew
Bruno Vignier .... location manager
Wade Couturiaux .... office intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Carley Hodgkinson .... special thanks: Adbusters Magazine
Sylvia Whitman .... special thanks: Shakespeare Bookstore
Véronique Zimmer .... special thanks: ESEC (as Veronique Zimmer)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual references (Approved No. 40593)
Runtime:
80 min
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Trivia:
This film was made 9 years after the first film, which is the length of time between the events in each story.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The boat on the Seine, moves to the east, but in one shot, the boat moves to the opposite direction (The Eiffel Tower is clearly visible, which means the boat travels to the west). The differences between shadows and no shadows on the wharfs of the Seine are also indicating this.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Forget Paris (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just In TimeSee more »

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38 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Reluctance, 26 December 2004
Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Finally, Linklater does something with his talent. His strength in the past has been to shape the form of his films to match the subject. At least that's been true when the subject is the tentativeness of existence.

He's done well enough in the past, but since his characters were aimless his projects inherited a meaninglessness. Where he tried to impart introspective layers with "Waking Life," those layers were trite threads of fake profundities. Well, never mind. Artists aren't required to be particularly smart — even about who they are and what they do.

What is required is the ability to discover and convey something that resonates. Usually in films the resonance is a sort of nervous recognition in the characters and situation. Sometimes, the manner of the film, the nature of the world presented is enough to engage. Such is the value of Kieslowski — and how he managed Delpy.

This film tries something different, something commonly attempted and almost never achieved: the direct drama of discovery between two people. This hosts the construction not in any story or setting or even situation, though they are all employed in the service of the goals. Instead, the whole thing revolves around the tentative motions toward intimacy between two people.

Why this usually fails is because of the unwieldy mechanics. In order to seem real (most reviewers call this film "veristic") the dramatic projection has to be hyperreal, but not so much that it appears artificial. So how do you dramatically amplify lightly probing intimacies? Its all in the most subtle hesitations of the actors, in that range beyond what "really" might happen and them forthrightly telling us what's happening.

The construction is perfect: all movies are about other movies. In this case, we literally have the last chapter of the romance as a movie with movie values and memories. More, those are romantically captured in a book that one character carries from the previous movie into this one. Thus, all their discussion, all their reluctances are about having the present film approach the previous one.

I'm astonished at the perfection of the idea, as astonished as I am about how well the two, especially Delpy, support it. This is delicate stuff.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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