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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.

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Bookstore Manager
Journalist #1 (as Louise Lemoine Torres)
Rodolphe Pauly ...
Journalist #2
Mariane Plasteig ...
Diabolo ...
Denis Evrard ...
Boat Attendant
Man at Grill
Marie Pillet ...
Woman in Courtyard

Directed by

Richard Linklater

Written by

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

Editorial Department

Miguel Bejo ... telecine dailies colorist
Michelle Fairbanks ... editorial intern
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Allegra Kolber ... editorial intern (as Allegra McCoy)
Emmanuel Le Ridant ... telecine dailies colorist
David Orr ... color timer
Nevie Owens ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Baptiste Glaymann

Costume Design by

Thierry Delettre

Makeup Department

Anne Bourdiol ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Elisa Costa ... makeup artist: additional crew (as Elisa Costa Ellis)
Terri Ewton ... press junket: key hair stylist / press junket: key makeup artist

Production Management

Jean-Marc Abbou ... unit production manager
Sara Johnson ... post-production supervisor
Serge Szwarcbart ... assistant unit manager

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 ... re-recording mixer
Pierre-Yves Bruneel ... boom operator
Ajae Clearway ... dialogue editor
Matt Coby ... mix assistant: Swelltone
Jay Gallagher ... mix assistant: Swelltone
Tom Hammond ... re-recording mixer / 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) / camera operator: additional crew (as Loic Andrieu)
Eric Baraillon ... electrician: additional crew
Jean-Pierre Baronsky ... gaffer
Eric Bialas ... camera operator: additional crew / steadicam operator: "b" camera, additional crew
Stephane Canda ... key grip: additional crew
Lucie Colombié ... 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 ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Steve Moreau ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pierre Morel ... camera operator: additional crew / steadicam operator: "b" camera, 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) / 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

Location Management

Franklin Pedrosa ... assistant location manager
Emmanuel Roussille ... location scout: additional crew
Edith Roux ... location scout
Bruno Vignier ... location manager

Music Department

Igor Kipnis ... musician: piano for "Goldberg Variation, Nr. 25"
Christopher S. Parker ... music clearances
Randall Poster ... music consultant

Script and Continuity Department

Emilie Barbault ... assistant script supervisor
Isabelle Querrioux ... script supervisor

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

Additional Crew

Jonathan Alvord ... technical consultant (as Jon Alvord)
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
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
Wade Couturiaux ... office intern (uncredited)


Carley Hodgkinson ... special thanks: Adbusters Magazine
Sylvia Whitman ... special thanks: Shakespeare Bookstore
Véronique Zimmer ... special thanks: ESEC (as Veronique Zimmer)

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Plot Summary

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 time only being about an hour. Beyond the issue of the six month meeting, what has happened in their lives in the intervening nine years, and their current lives, they once again talk about their philosophies of life and love, this time with the knowledge of their day together and how it shaped what has happened to them. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines What if you had a second chance with the one that got away? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Antes del atardecer (United States, Spanish title)
  • If Not Now (United States)
  • Before Sunrise 2 (United States)
  • Untitled Before Sunrise Sequel (United States)
  • Antes del atardecer de Richard Linklater (Spain)
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  • 80 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,700,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $311,194, 04 Jul 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $15,992,615

Did You Know?

Trivia 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). See more »
Goofs While walking in a park, an extra passes Jesse and Celine. When the camera angle moves to their front, he passes about 10 seconds later. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Spider-Man 2/Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy/White Chicks/De-Lovely/Before Sunset (2004). See more »
Soundtracks An Ocean Apart See more »
Quotes Celine: You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.
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