8.1/10
200,165
509 user 233 critic

Before Sunset (2004)

Trailer
2:13 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
2,527 ( 203)
Top Rated Movies #241 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Boyhood I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Into the Wild (2007)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
Amélie (2001)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,194, 4 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,792,822, 24 October 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shooting took a mere 15 days. See more »

Goofs

A change in street scene: when Celine tells Phillippe that they have arrived at her apartment, the view through the back window is of one way traffic, but when the car does pull over and they get out, the traffic is two-way. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Journalist #1: Do you consider the book to be autobiographical?
Jesse: Uh, well, I mean... isn't everything autobiographical?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in BoJack Horseman: It's You (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A Waltz For A Night
Performed by Julie Delpy
Composed by Julie Delpy
Published by Crépuscule France
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I'm designed to feel slightly dissatisfied!
20 November 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

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 *****


285 of 325 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 509 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed