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Before Sunrise [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Poschl, Karl Bruckschwaiger
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • 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: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006M4RJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An American student (Ethan Hawkes) strikes up a conversation on a train with a young Parisian woman (Julie Delpy), whilst Eurorailing in Austria. On the spur of the moment he invites her to spend the day with him in Vienna, and a casual acquaintance turns into something more profound. American indie director Richard Linklater pays homage to French auteur Eric Rohmer as he lets his characters talk their way into, around and out of each others' affections.

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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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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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"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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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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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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It’s the mid ’90s when men were allowed to wear leather jackets, and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) sports a beauty in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995).

Travelling by train across Europe to escape the breakup of his long distance relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jesse heads for Vienna to return to America. Bored and lonely his luck changes when Parisian Celine (Julie Delpy) sits opposite. They start talking, like each other, and on a whim Jesse asks Celine to depart at Vienna and walk around the old city until his plane leaves the next morning. Strolling around this majestic set the two characters talk, eat and drink. Jesse is the young American with a slight chip on his shoulder and what he needs more than anything is uninhibited Celine to free him. They are a good match, both as fictional characters and actors. The story is believable, making you wish for a night like that where everything is perfect.

The film has a novella quality to it: minimal number of characters, set within one location and over a single day: these qualities are Linklater’s signature. Kim Krizan’s and Linklater’s script is tight, intelligent and unique. The only elements missing was complications and responses, but maybe that’s what makes it so distinctive. With films such as Batman Forever and Mortal Kombat released in the same year this script is not just in another league, but another world. Lee Daniel’s cinematography illuminates Vienna in a way that I don’t remember it looking when I visited; exterior shots of ancient buildings gives the city romanticism, and interior shots of grungy clubs highlight the youth culture. There is a gorgeous scene as the characters board the Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna Ferris wheel, and share their first kiss, which reminded me of Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949).
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