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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 »
User Reviews:
I'm designed to feel slightly dissatisfied! See more (480 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
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:
The film has references to James Joyce like Before Sunrise (1995): At the opening of the film, Jesse gives a presentation at Shakespeare & Company that James Joyce visited regularly and it was Shakespeare and Company that published Ulysses in 1922.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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:
References Waking Life (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Je T'aime TantSee more »

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257 out of 293 people found the following review useful.
I'm designed to feel slightly dissatisfied!, 20 November 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

I will be the first to announce that I was not a huge fan of the original film. While I thought that it was interesting to see as well as an untapped concept in Hollywood, I felt that the characters were too forced coupled with a very amateurish and repetitive moments. It was an average film that seemed to be lacking bits of the human element. It needed something more. At the time I couldn't put my finger on it, but after seeing Before Sunset, I could see what it was. Maturity. This may sound strange, but I felt that Jesse and Celine were too perfect in the first film. They lacked connectiveness to the average person. I couldn't see myself in this situation. Perhaps if I would have seen the original film in 1995 instead of a couple of years ago, it would have been closer, but I just couldn't capture the moment. In Before Sunset, I feel head over feet for both Jesse and Celine.

They seemed to have grown and experienced a life that was all their own. They seemed more passionate, more powerful, and especially more human. From their first meeting in the bookstore until the finale in Celine's apartment, I was fully immersed in their conversation. I wanted to know everything I could about both of them, and I did. I loved hearing about Celine's passion for the environment, and Jesse's distraught marriage. It brought these two characters out of the screen and into our lives. Whether it was a scripted story or if Hawke and Delpy were playing off each other, it worked. I witnessed in this film two people who were made for each other. It was more obvious in this film than in the prior outing.

What made this film work on such a higher level than the first were the actors. They have grown and emerged as two important commodities in the Hollywood community. This is probably Hawke's greatest performance in years. His relaxed actions made us feel relaxed around him, yet quietly pushing for him to be closer to Celine. His pushy sexual advances seemed less forced and instead more like honest love. He looked and felt like a man that has been dreaming of this encounter all his life, and it finally happened. You could see the excitement in his eyes to see Delpy again. It was more than just acting, he put so much heart into this performance that it was clearly displayed for all to see. The same goes for Delpy. At the beginning of this film, I didn't like her character. She seemed rough and rigid around the edges, constantly giving off that feeling that she was harboring a secret that she didn't want Hawke to know. As her character grew in this film, I understood why. She had a different life after the encounter than Hawke did. While he still longed for Celine in his heart, he did move on. She longed for Jesse in her heart, and to this day could not find anyone to replace his purity. I loved Celine much more in the sequel because she kept us guessing. Did she remember their night together? Did she really loose her grandmother, or did she just not show up that day in Vienna? Was the song just for Jesse? So many questions left me wanting more and more and more.

Finally, I would like to say that Linklater is growing with his films, and this was a crowning achievement for him. He powerfully and delicately built a sequel that was for superior than the original. He continued with a similar format as the first, but gave us stronger characters and another beautiful city. The language in this film is intense. Listen to the words that come from Ethan and Julie, they embody so much of our culture and our lives. There were moments when I felt they were speaking thoughts directly from my mind. Everything in this film was connected and worked to the fullest extent of cinematic possibility.

Overall, this was a brilliant film. Linklater captured the essence of these two heart-struck people and proved that it could be filmed. This is one of the ultimate love stories that will remain on your minds far after the film is over. The intimate final lines will continually reverberate as the best ever in a movie. This was a huge step up from the original, and is one of the best films of the year. If you were not a fan of the Before Sunset, I suggest that you check this out. It is a mature film that explores the power of love in a way that no other Hollywood film could. I would not be surprised if we saw the title of this film in the Oscar celebration this year. Check out this film to hear social commentary of our lives, fall in love, and especially to see the beauty of Paris.

Grade: ***** out of *****

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