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Before Sunrise (1995)

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (R, 101 min.)


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An exquisitely understated ode to the thrill of romantic possibility, the inaugural installment of The Before Trilogy opens with a chance encounter between two solitary young strangers. After they hit it off on a train bound for Vienna, the Paris university student Celine and the scrappy American tourist Jesse impulsively decide to spend a day together before he returns to the U.S. the next morning. As the pair roam the streets of the stately city, Richard Linklater’s tenderly observant gaze captures the uncertainty and intoxication of young love, from the first awkward stirrings of attraction to the hopeful promise that Celine and Jesse make upon their inevitable parting. [Criterion]

Starring: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Director: Richard Linklater
Genre(s): Drama, Romance

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"The charm—the midsummer enchantment—never feels forced; it steals up and wins you. A true romance."

— Anthony Lane, New Yorker

"Watching and listening to these two is a charming experience; their conversation has the ring of veracity, and rarely does the viewer's interest stray."

— Austin Chronicle, Marjorie Baumgarten

"Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"Before Sunrise is so much like real life -- like a documentary with an invisible camera -- that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a simple, perfect day that you know you'll remember for the rest of your life."

— Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"It was all too easy to dismiss at the time as just another Generation X romantic comedy. (Many critics did.) A closer look reveals just how astute it is as a portrait of youth in all its insecurity and hopefulness. The ritual of courtship is all about self-presentation, and as with most tales of new love, backstory moves into the foreground. But the script locates its tension and drama not just in what their protagonists reveal about themselves but, more crucially, in when and how."

— Dennis Lim, Criterion