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(2004)

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Jesse is in a failing marriage with a woman he married because she had become pregnant. Soon after the film's release, Ethan Hawke's real-life wife Uma Thurman, whom he had married while she was pregnant with their first child, filed for divorce for adultery.
The longest take is about 11 minutes long.
The man and woman that Celine speaks to in the courtyard of her apartment are played by Julie Delpy's real parents, Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet.
Though this movie was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, the screenplay is not based upon any existing text. However, the Academy rule book says that all sequels are adaptations.
Jesse has married a woman because she became pregnant, and they are now in a wedding crisis. This parallels the story he told in Before Sunrise (1995), about his parents marrying because of his mother's unexpected pregnancy, and their subsequent divorce.
Julie Delpy wrote and performed three songs for the soundtrack.
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.
Shooting took a mere 15 days.
In Before Sunrise (1995), Celine says she believes in reincarnation. When Jesse brings it up here, she says she thinks its silly.
This film was made 9 years after the first film, which is the length of time between the events in each story.
Celine says to Jesse "You're a Scorpio, I'm a Sag (Sagittarius), so we get along." These are Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's signs in real life.
The CD they listen to in Celine's apartment is "Tomato Collection" by Nina Simone.
At one point, Jesse reveals that his son's name is Henry, and that he is four years old. When Jesse and Celine get on the boat, he tells the driver to pick him up at "Henry Quatre," which translates to "Henry Four" or, Henry IV.
There are several references to James Joyce; Jesse and Celine meet at "Shakespeare and Co.", a bookstore named after the original Parisian bookstore and publishing house owned by Sylvia Beach, who was the first to publish Joyce's "Ulysses".
The film is notable for essentially taking place in real time, i.e. the time elapsed in the story is the run time of the film. In the fast-changing temperate Paris climate, this created challenges for the cinematographer Lee Daniel to match the colour and intensity of the skies and ambient light from scene to scene. The scenes were mostly shot in sequence, as they were still developing the screenplay.
Producer Anne Walker-McBay worked with less time and less money than she had on Before Sunrise (1995), but still brought the film in on time and on budget.
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As the summer was one of the hottest on record, the cast and crew suffered along with the city residents, as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees F (38 °C) for most of the production.
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After the filming of Before Sunrise (1995), Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy discussed making a sequel. Linklater considered a version to be filmed in four locations and with a much larger budget. When his proposal did not secure funding, he scaled back the concept of the movie. In a 2010 interview, Hawke said that the three had worked on several potential scripts over the years. As time passed and they did not secure funding, they adapted elements of the earlier scripts for Before Sunrise in their final draft of Before Sunset.
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The movie was filmed entirely on location in Paris.
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In the movie, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) confesses to Celine (Julie Delpy) that he wrote a book about their meeting 9 years before, partially in the hope that she would read it, and re-establish contact with him. Like Before Sunrise (1995), this is based on events in director Richard Linklater's own life. He had once spent a night walking and talking around Philadelphia with a woman called Amy in 1989. Though they initially stayed in touch over the telephone, they lost contact eventually. In 1994, Linklater shot Before Sunrise (1995), based on his night with Amy. Like Jesse in "Before Sunset", Linklater was secretly hoping that Amy had heard of the movie, and would show up at the premiere, but she did not. When "Before Sunset" was released, she did not show up either. It wasn't until 2010, before Linklater started production on the second sequel, Before Midnight (2013), that a friend of Amy, who knew about their story, contacted Linklater to tell him that Amy had died in a motorcycle accident on May 9, 1994, at the age of 24, a few weeks before he started shooting Before Sunrise (1995).
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The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2004.
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Jesse's last name is Wallace.
The film takes place in 2003.

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