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Before Sunset -- Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again.
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) &
Julie Delpy (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
30 July 2004 (USA) 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 »
User Reviews:
Wow! Satisfying at so many levels See more (488 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Since the film takes place during the mid-late afternoon, it was the only time of day director Richard Linklater would shoot the scenes in the film. He felt it added to the hyper reality of the film, and often relied on the actors to get perfect takes at the right time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jesse and Celine sit on a bench in the park Jesse has his arm around Celine in one shot, in the next his arm is gone.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 "Jeopardy!: Episode #30.197" (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just In TimeSee more »

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125 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Wow! Satisfying at so many levels, 14 August 2004
Author: Bob Pr. from Topeka, KS

I had not seen the prequel to this although my date had and she filled me in on many details. While the experience of this film would be enriched by having seen the preceding film first, it certainly stands satisfactorily alone.

In many ways, this reminded me very much of one of my most favorite movies of all time, "My Dinner with André," in which just 2 characters talking comprised the whole movie. In that movie, the friends had been close, drifted apart, and then had a brief reunion at a dinner at which they caught up with what the other had been doing. The two principals, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, played themselves and each represented one side of a dialectic, say the side of romanticism vs. a conventional reality. "Before Sunset" is parallel in many ways.

At one level we have a romantic story -- two people who'd briefly been lovers nine years before and lost touch meet again. They spend an afternoon together. Will they try to fulfill what they'd started?

At another level, we have the charm of conversation and exploration, of reminiscing, of gradually feeling out and discovery of how much do I have in common with this person now? -- where has this person been? -- what are they capable of now? -- how much freedom of choice do I have, does this other person have -- to make decisions? Etc.

While Celine and Jesse have a capacity for relating and talking, they also have somewhat opposite ways of viewing the world and relationships -- Celine is more cynical and reserved; Jesse is more open to settling for the "not-perfect-but-good-enough."

There are possibly a few people who have not had the personal experiences that at least somewhat relate to the premise in this film -- a relationship in which one wonders, "what would have happened if I'd pursued that relation?" but probably most people have. And the other dilemma, of meeting again that someone but by now being involved in relationships of responsibility -- my family, my children, my present life. What would it do to them if I were to pursue my own happiness at the expense of them? Can I do that? Can I value the chance of my own happiness above theirs? Etc.

The film, fortunately, gives us no answers to these essential questions but it does pose them in a way that makes us consider them.

Delpy and Hawke are given screenwriter credits and I feel sure that they must've contributed a great deal to the feeling of seamless, natural dialogue.

GREAT movie. No movie satisfies everyone, of course, but at the time I wrote this, slightly over 50% of the voters gave it a 10/10. For those of us in that group, it's a great film.

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