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Before Sunset (2004)

R | | Drama, Romance | 30 July 2004 (USA)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Richard Linklater (screenplay), Julie Delpy (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #237 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... Jesse
Julie Delpy ... Celine
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Bookstore Manager
Louise Lemoine Torrès ... Journalist #1 (as Louise Lemoine Torres)
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ... Journalist #2
Mariane Plasteig Mariane Plasteig ... Waitress
Diabolo Diabolo ... Philippe
Denis Evrard Denis Evrard ... Boat Attendant
Albert Delpy ... Man at Grill
Marie Pillet Marie Pillet ... Woman in Courtyard
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #858. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse and Celine are walking through the park after they have had coffee, a leaf falls from a tree, unscripted, and catches Ethan Hawke's eye, but the camera continues to roll. 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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Connections

Referenced in Pularum Iniyum Naalekal (2016) 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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Life as few know it
1 July 2007 | by yoescribo88See all my reviews

I'm a movie lover. That first thing said, i have to recognize that i'm really hard on movies, and i usually discard many of them for being under-prepared, for so many errors and things like that. But with "Before Sunset" i felt different. We all know movies are just fakes: what happens, what we see is not the real life. It's just a construction. It's just somebody imagination becoming a visual media. But when i was watching this movie, i didn't felt that. I was seeing real people, with real problems and having thoughts, and fears and hopes. It's the most real acting i ever saw. All about it is just perfect: the ambiance, the set, the city, even the apartment we can see at the near end. Every piece of the movie was connected, and you can tell a whole story about the characters just for hear them, or seeing the way they talk, the things they said, the music they chooses or the things they have. In that way of thinking, i found this movie inspirational, a well-made piece of life, and incredibly deep and wide film. I think this is a portrait of life as only a few can know, of all the shadows and lights we all share.

So, i really recommend it, even if you didn't saw the first one.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before Sunrise 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Seine River, Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,425, 4 July 2004

Gross USA:

$5,820,649

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,936,507
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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