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
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.