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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres, Rodolphe Pauly
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Richard Linklater, Anne Walker-McBay
  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVK1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Welsh on 16 April 2006
Format: DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sally Williams on 27 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2011
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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, annoying characers - that put me off until now.

Well, basically, I'd say it's pretty great. The two characters, now about ten years older, meet at the man's Paris book-signing and start talking and walking, meandering and conversing...until the end of the movie. Did you ever have that experience, watching a romantic movie, where the bonding of the soon to be lovers is shown in a montage, of images with slushy music, of unheard talk and laughter and dinners and slow walks in the park, and at home you're watching and thinking, 'Ok, yeah...but what exactly did they say to each other that created this intimacy? How did sharing the boring stories of their lives lead to love?' Well, watch this and if you're not enchanted it may be that you'll come away undertanding why most movies elide the small talk that leads to the more dramatic stuff later.

If, on the other hand, you are taken with this movie, maybe it's because it reminds you of those happy occasions when you went out with something and everything flowed, like the Seine. When the presence of the other person inspired you. There is the danger that all this thinking out loud by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy might start to grate after a while, but I have to say that if I didn't love their characters I basically didn't dislike them. To their credit their dialogue does sound completely natural.

Quite an emotional film at times, but also quite restrained, now i'm gonna have to go back and see the earlier film and work out which is best and if they work well as a double-bill. I come from a Woody Allen household and as a former master of the movie where conversation is everything, I think Allen might be looking on green with envy.

IN SHORT, A GREAT FILM ABOUT CONVERSATION AND A GREAT STUDY AID FOR SCRIPTWRITERS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donal Crotty on 4 April 2008
Format: DVD
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 By m VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Maybe.

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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