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Before Sunset [DVD] [2004]

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Marie Pillet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres, Rodolphe Pauly
  • Directors: Marie Pillet
  • Producers: Richard Linklater
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVK1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,206 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In 1994, director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) made Before Sunrise, a gorgeous poem of a movie about two strangers (played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) wandering around Vienna, talking, and falling in love. Ten years later, Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy have returned with Before Sunset, which reunites the same characters after Hawke has written a book about that night. Delpy appears at the final book reading of his European tour; they have less than two hours before Hawke has to catch a flight to New York...and in that time, they walk around Paris, talk, and fall in love all over again. It sounds simple, perhaps dull, but it's written with such skill and care and acted with such richness that it's a miracle of filmmaking. On its own, Before Sunset is moving and wonderful; seen right after Before Sunrise, it will break your heart. --Bret Fetzer

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Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater directs this sequel to the 1995 film 'Before Sunrise'. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine, who nine years ago were two young students who met on a train and spent a night deep in conversation in Vienna. Now, they're about to cross paths again - in Paris - where they will get the chance to catch up on all that has occurred in their lives since their first meeting. Jesse, now married with a young child, has become a successful novelist. He is on a whirlwind European tour when he stops off at a bookshop in Paris, and Celine, who now works for an environmental organisation, comes to the reading. In the eighty minutes before his plane leaves - portrayed in the film in real time - the two stroll around the streets of Paris and discuss their views, experiences, hopes and dreams.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This made me cry!! 27 Aug 2005
This is a incredible film. The dialogue between the (only)two charecters, and how they relate to each other is entirely beleivable and entirely fabulous. The ending is appropriate, but gives the tantalising possibility of a further follow on. If I gave details of the plot it might sound crass, but this film is an absolutely must see!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the original. 16 April 2006
Before Sunset picks up nine years after Before Sunrise's cliff-hanger ending. Jesse and Céline are now in their 30's, Jesse has written a book about their encounter and is on the last date of his European book tour in Paris. Céline turns up unexpectedly to the reading and the pair have a few hours to spend together in Paris before Jesse has to fly back to the States. It soon transpires that both are in relationships, but the spark between them is still there. As they gradually open up more and more to each other about their lives and the effect their encounter in Vienna 9 years before had on them, the unspoken question looms larger and larger - can they really let the opportunity for true love slip through their fingers a second time? Before Sunset is impeccably written (by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy) and the film lives up to the high standards set by its predecessor. The characters themselves and the mood of the film are distinctly more mature, but Before Sunset has the same magic and the same sense of the thrill of the possibility of true love as its predecessor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 16 July 2011
I saw this film in the cinema and was spellbound. Not only is it a beautiful showcase of Paris but it is a poignant, witty and heartfelt movie about youthful promise, the exhilaration of finding true emotional connection and the melancholy of a love lost. Delphy and Hawke have amazing chemistry and the dialogue feels natural. One of my all time favourite films with the most perfect ending for a romance I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Better than the original and I'm hoping for another instalment in a year or two..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful 4 April 2008
The only disappointment in "Before Sunset" is that it ends. You want to follow the characters and their story further and further. The movie is made in such a way that you feel as part of their conversation, like a friend hanging along, eves dropping. Emotional warning to anyone who has had the good fortune to experience the "love of my life" feeling and the misfortune to have lost that opportunity, then beware, this will rekindle all those mixed emotions!!! Along with the great acting and screenplay, you also have such a simple streetview of Paris, which again makes you feel as you are there. Just a wonderful movie and worth buying as the dialogue is so intense, you pick up more of the nuances with each viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best modern romance film? 30 Nov 2007

And for a film which consists of two people talking and walking around Paris, with no soundtrack music at all, for just over 90mins, it's a pretty tall claim I know BUT! Following on from Before Sunrise, to me it's the perfect meditation on what it actually means to find someone attractive to you, to consider what that means for your life, what it means when you connect with someone, even if you only see them the once.

There's an honesty about the whole thing - a realism in the dialogue, a naturalism you rarely get in Hollywood (not that director Linklater is mainstream, he definitely isn't.) The resonance of the whole thing just runs and runs: choices, the lies we sometimes tell ourselves, how we can be our own worst enemies and yet still try to reach for a better self.

Brilliant, completely brilliant. To be fair, it did take me a couple of viewings to really absorbe it all. Just look at that scene where they first leave the book shop and start walking - how long does that go on for?!? And yet, it seems like only a flash.

Best of - BEST OF ALL! What has to be the fabbest ending of any recent romantic film - the last ten minutes with Julie Delpy and her song and the whole Nina Simone thing (this is not a spolier by the way!) is priceless, just..the magical ending it all deserved. You find yourself going back to that again and again.

There should be some sort of law requiring them to make a new sequel every year. How did the screenplay not win the Oscar that year?

Buy without fear, everyone deserves to have a copy of this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can'st thou leave me so unsatified? 8 Oct 2005
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This is a knockout. Short and sweet, with knobs on. Firstly I consider the abscence of sex scenes, in an intensly romantic film, to be a mark of true quality. Secondly I find it hard to believe only one other reviewer mentioned 'the song'. My heart is still fluttering now!!! I challenge anyone, man or woman, and I am the latter, not to fall in love with Celine after that performance. The French accent alone would get you, but she is so much else besides, and sings with such devotion and feeling. I had to hear the song several times over to satisfy myself and when the film ended so suddenly, I felt bereaved, but somehow glad about the open ended- ness of it . See this film.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect 15 Dec 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this in a small art house cinema in Edinburgh a few months ago. Having never seen the prequel, I had no idea what I was in for. To put it simply, this film is a little under two hours of some of the finest dialogue you're ever likely to hear. The longtime collaboration between Linklater, Delpy and Hawke shines through this film - the chemistry between the leading lady, the leading man and the intricate script makes you forget all your cinematic pretentions and sit back and enjoy hazy Parisian bliss. I'm clearly so biast that any attempt at objective review would be highly foolish, so I'll just say this: If you're thinking about buying this film, don't bother; just click the button and feel happy with yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Boring the amount of almost teen dialogues.
Published 3 days ago by Susana Filipa Rodrigues Nunes
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just "talking heads" but holds one's attention wonderfully. Beautifully made and quite engrossing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve Carleysmith
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Having watched the first movie it was great to see the charactors have aged in real time physically and mentally. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lola
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Well made and believable. Not as good as the first film which had more freshness and imaginative camera angles. Still a very good film though with a simple and effective plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G Kameron
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love story.
I prefer Before Sunset to its predecessor Before Sunrise as i find the characters more believable and easier to relate to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Midori Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars good
As usual, excellent service and product, very pleased with it, I shall order more from the same site in the future
Published 16 months ago by Janice Starnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sequel
What a clever follow up to the romantic Before Sunrise. Sorry kids, this is a movie for grown ups with no CGI effects!
Published 17 months ago by Aussie Artist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Life is Unpredictability
The nearest I ever got to Ethan and Julie's stroll was a walk around Cologne, at night, with a seventeen year old American. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andy Graham, Truro
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!
I started watching this movie... then I started to wait for something to happen. Anything. I was disappointed. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost loves reunite, walking and talking, in gay Paris
I had vague memories of Before Sunrise, the mid '90s predecessor of Before Sunset. Good memories, but I seem to recall some negative feedback about the sequel - self-indulgent,... Read more
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