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Before Sunrise [1995] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl, Karl Bruckschwaiger
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay, Ellen Winn Wendl, Gernot Schaffler, Gregory Jacobs, John Sloss
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCL2C6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,478 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

A French grad student named Celine (Julie Delpy) meets an American boy named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) on the Budapest-Vienna train. They get off thetrain in Vienna and spend the night together wandering around the city,talking, and falling for each other.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The first time I saw this was by accident. I stumbled across it and it held my glance-a good sign. In this film by Richard Linklater, an American played by Ethan Hawke and a Frenchwoman played by Julie Delpy meet on a train, thrown together by an arguing couple. Both are on different journeys but together they begin to discuss every topic under the sun and are faced with spending 24 hours in Vienna waiting for different connections. The two strangers walk around the city through the day and overnight visiting landmarks and bars and walking along the Danube. It plays as good as a tourist video as a movie. Slowly but quickly!- the pair fall in love and are then faced with the awful prospect of parting ways the next morning. The conversations are breathtaking, and the city looks enviable. This makes you want to visit Vienna like Breakfast at Tiffanys made you want to go to New York! Who can think of anything better than meeting a stranger, having a swift affair and falling in love in a beautiful city! The citys natural beauty is used superbly by the director and the leading stars have the chemistry required to pull off the romance and the intelligence to pull off the conversations. It fills you with joy, pulls at your heart, inspires you to travel and leaves you with a warmth that maybe at anytime, something great could happen to YOU! If you're a traveller, a romantic, a philosopher, a culture vulture or just somewhere in between, let this hold your glance and maybe it will change your life!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T Marshall on 8 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"You have to be in the right mood for this film," are the dreaded words I find myself telling my wife as I stick the DVD in the machine. I myself was so obviously in the right mood for it when it came out that it made it into my top 10 movies of all time list (in my head), primarily because I wanted to be Ethan Hawke and fancied Julie Delpy (this fancy has now passed though thanks to her 2 Days in Paris movie). Unfortunately my wife was not as enthralled by it as I was, leaving me to deduce that this is ultimately a 'marmite' film; you either love it or hate it.

The plot is simple; boy meets girl on train, boy gets girls to leave train with him, boy and girl talk all night, boy and girl fall in love.

The wonderful part is the third character; Vienna. Linklater seduces it like Woody Allen does New York in Annie Hall. I like seeing a city being romanced and this is definitely the case here.

The second most wonderful part of this film is the language and the necessary steps of courtship the 2 of them go through in order to lower their respective guards enough to allow the other person to see the real them. Ethan starts off relatively pretentiously; a stereotypical cocky young American. Delphy is similarly aloof in a typical Gallic manner, but then they are a little spontaneous and take a small chance on each other and the film takes off on its lovely smooth ride.

I recommend this as a late-night movie when you are totally relaxed and are not expecting much from it beyond a couple verbally jousting, seducing then eventually loving each other. Even though one of them is a bit of a Rooster-Prick.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Welsh on 16 April 2006
Format: DVD
Two young people, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French Céline (Julie Delpy) meet on the Budapest - Paris train. They start talking and quickly develop a connection. As they approach Vienna, where Jesse is flying out from the next day, he persuades Céline to spend a day with him in the city, and catch the train to Paris the next day. She agrees, and the two of them spend a magical 24 hours walking around the beautiful city of Vienna, talking about their lives, gradually revealing more of themselves, and falling in love. But as the hours before sunrise slip away, the moment when they will have to say goodbye edges inexorably closer... This is one of my absolute favourite films, it's beautiful, romantic, realistic and humorous all at the same time. The direction and the central performances are outstanding, the story perfectly constructed and the dialogue is both engaging and has a beautiful natural flow. This film is a rare gem to be cherished and watched again and again.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Hughes on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
The first time I watched this film was a few years back when it first came out on video. I then watched it again immediately afterwards and can't recall ever doing this before. I was incredibly moved by the simplicity but intenseness of this film. Its one of those films that make you 'think.' The characters were great - and the contrast between the American and European came across really well.
I then watched the DVD recently after many years and loved it even more (perhaps this is because it means more to me now as I have experienced a little more of life?) Anyway, if you haven't watched it then please do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Fears on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I watched this film for half an hour before finally turning it off. Very slow...didn't like the characters...just very dull. After reading some of the reviews I was really looking forward to it too but just wasn't for me :-(
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitehead on 20 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
Before Sunrise is a hugely romantic film, twinning the romance of travelling to an unknown but beautiful destination with the romance of two people getting to know each other.
The film involves only two real characters - Ethan Hawke (Jesse) and Julie Delpy (Celine), who meet by chance on a train and decide to spend an evening together in Prague, from where Jesse is due to get a plane home to the States.
Lovers of thrill-a-minute blockbusters beware - there is no real story here as such, the film simply follows our characters round the city as they gradually get to know one another. That, for me, was sufficient as I felt I really got to know the characters as real 3D people, which I find quite unusual in modern films. It is difficult to believe that the film is scripted as the acting is so natural and the chance encounters with other people so eccentric that you can only believe they happened - they certainly reminded me of the people I've met in foreign cities. Much also relies upon the silences between the characters and subtle facial expressions, as well as the clever use of locations. All this creates a very strong atmosphere.
If you love travel and deep romantic films that seep into your pores, you may well love this. Before Sunrise is certainly a film I can watch again and again.
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