Before Sunrise [DVD] 
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. Original, entertaining, whilst also being slightly sentimental.Published 3 months ago by an idiot in england
This was one of the biggest surprises I've ever had with a movie. I'm a huge Ethan Hawke fan and I decided to give it this a go. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James Blackwell
Love this film, can watch it over and over. The simplicity and pureness of this film makes it a must see. Makes me want to visit Vienna.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most beautiful film ever. That moment in the record shop is just perfect.Published 6 months ago by hooterbob
Beautiful film and definitely tears at your emotions.However having seen this year's ago and being enamoured then I should have left it in the past. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fokz.
Bought this after watching After Sunrise, the latter was much better in my view, at least they get better as they go along.Published 7 months ago by JM