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Before Sunset (2004)

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (R, 80 min.)


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In the breathtaking follow-up to Before Sunrise, Celine tracks down Jesse, now an author, at the tail end of his book tour in Paris, with only a few hours left before he is to board a flight back home to the States. Meeting almost a decade after their short-lived romance in Vienna, the pair find their chemistry rekindled by increasingly candid exchanges about professional setbacks, marital disappointments, and the compromises of adulthood. Impelled by an urgent sense of the transience of human connection, Before Sunset remains Richard Linklater’s most seductive experiment with time’s inexorable passage and the way love can seem to stop it in its tracks. [Criterion]

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

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"A small masterpiece."

— Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture

"A film of luminous delights."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing."

— Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

"A fluid, engaging, charming, frustrating, funny, and lively movie."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"A simply amazing film -- touching, sexy, smart, sad and, beyond all, passionate about the value of time and love."

— Tom Long, Detroit News

"The chemistry between Jesse and Celine --- and Hawke and Delpy and, for that matter, Linklater --- is as immediate as it is appealing."

— Eleanor Ringel Cater, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"It's a movie to cheer lovers and movie lovers alike -- an enchanting midsummer cocktail for two, served at dusk on the banks of the Seine."

— Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"What is to all intents and purposes 80 minutes worth of stolen moments, turns out to be one of the most rewarding films of the year. [2004]"

— Wendy Ide, Times (UK)

"Allows you to watch two deeply engaged and engaging performers moving verbally through delicately negotiated layers of delight, apprehension, desire and surrender."

— Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

"There is something uniquely unforgettable in the way Linklater, Hawke and Delpy (equal collaborators on the script) find nuance, art and eroticism in words, spoken and unspoken."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Mr. Linklater and his two creative leads have managed a miraculous transformation of the characters from once-callow lovers into grown-ups teetering on the edge of eternity."

— Andrew Sarris, Observer

"It has earthy (and therefore sexy) urban locations, a splendid originality of voice, a loose and distinctive visual style, and it sends audiences out humming with the realness and beauty of it all."

— Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"It tells of a love affair so heady it generates goose bumps, yet the story unfolds with such unfailing honesty that its characters become people we know, their actions and words a reflection of our own experiences."

— Megan Lehmann, New York Post