Before Sunrise 1995

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When an American slacker meets a French student on a train to Vienna, the romantic sparks fly as they spend one eventful night together. This modern BRIEF ENCOUNTER is smart, funny, touching and dramatic.

Starring:
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

Before Sunrise

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Richard Linklater
Starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T Marshall on 8 July 2011
Format: DVD
"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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58 of 62 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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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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11 of 13 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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you have never been to Vienna, this will be a movie worth it's cost even if you are only interested in the backdrop. Don't bother if what you are after is the conventional "romantic comedy". Richard Linklater masterfully captured the essence of carpe diem when two travelers decided to go for a whirlwind romance lasting an entire day in beautiful Vienna. After chatting up each other in a train, the entire movie is held together by the two leading characters who effortlesly manages to capitivate the viewer. This is highly recommended for the romantics who love dialogue driven movies. Also for the cynics who do not believe that a good movie doesn't have the usual Hollywood kitsch-y techniques. Maybe this will renew some faith.
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