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Before Sunrise/Before Sunset (1995)

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres, Rodolphe Pauly
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay, Ellen Winn Wendl, Gernot Schaffler
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 181 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z0ECC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Before Sunrise/Before Sunset" on IMDb

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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It surprised me to read somewhere that Richard Linklater, who directed both films, did not actually have the experience of falling in love with a French woman on a train in Europe. Both "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" benefit from a feeling of complete authenticity, as if the people responsible for delivering and interpreting the storyline must've "been there, done that..."

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy inhabit their roles to a point of perfection. Delpy creates such an indelible image of a young Parisian woman (with Left Bank leanings) that she could not be anything but. And Hawke incarnates perfectly the type of inquisitive, literary, and (romantically) intense young American male who stands a chance with a woman such as we find in Delpy. The 2nd film opens with Hawke doing a reading from his own novel on the second floor of Shakespeare & Co., wedding beautifully character and setting, as Hawke is exactly the type of young American who would be at home in George Whitman's Left Bank bookstore.

An American, I spent my youth and then some in Paris. In fact, I met my wife, who is French, on a train, which is the way Hawke and Delpy meet in the first of these films. And like our two protagonists, during our ride together we wrapped each other in words and our own special dialogue, which is the right word, as we were busy creating a moment which would have no place in real life: this was, after all, only a train ride.

We knew we would never see each other again, which meant time was both our prison and our liberator, confining the duration of our experience yet setting us free within it. And, that's how things stood for four or five years, until chance (nudged along) brought us together, again.

One more thing about the 2nd film.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Linklater style. March 13, 2009
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So I've been on a pretty big Richard Linklater kick here lately. His profoundly minimalist and surreally thought-provoking films never fail to intrigue and perplex me. "Before Sunrise" and its companion "Before Sunset" are thus far among his most charming and engaging works. I must say though, after experiencing the absolutely mind-bending journey that is "Waking Life" (which I can only describe as a mad cross between "Slacker" and "The Wall"), something like this, while still pretty far from mainstream, seemed pretty pleasant and benign by comparison.

However, that's a relative measure, as this is not your average love story. It begins with "Before Sunrise", in which we see a young man named Jessie (Ethan Hawke), a tourist from America traveling across Europe. While on a train to Vienna, he meets a lovely French girl named Celine (Julie Delpy), and the two immediately hit it off. They end up spending the day together in Vienna, but both know that soon they must go their separate ways. This brings us to the sequel, "Before Sunset", where fate brings them back together 9 years later.

First of all, I'm glad to see that I'm able to review the two movies as a whole here, because to me it feels more like one continuous journey, even with the 9-year gap in between. After watching the first movie, I was a bit worried that making a sequel would ruin everything somehow, but it felt like such a perfect and natural continuation and the ending (which also could have potentially ruined everything) was about as flawless of a conclusion as they could have possibly done.

In true Linklater fashion, the structure of both films is very minimalist.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all movies these days be this smart? April 1, 2013
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Every once in a while, there comes a movie or a pair of movies that make you so thankful that they can open your eyes to something much deeper and much grander than you ever expected. Upon my latest viewings of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I noticed a few different things, such that have heavily changed the way I look at movies and the boundless amount of creativity that can go into them instead of the standard clichés that are presented to us too often.

The whole concept of the film is inspired by experience: six years before the first film's release, director Richard Linklater met a woman in a toy shop in Philadelphia; they walked around the city together, talking as the night went on. In writing the screenplay for Before Sunrise, he chose Kim Krizan for a co-writer for the dialogue between a man and a woman to be strengthened. And what a screenplay they (along with the lead actors) wrote.

The dialogue in these two movies is so unbelievably fresh that it shames nearly all romantic dramas made today. This is not just due to the dialogue, but the pacing and the events that take place are smartly devised to make us actually believe in a screen romance. For all those who have not had the fortune of seeing either film, I'll briefly sum up: in 1994, an American mal, Jesse (Ethan Hawke), is on a train heading for Vienna when he meets a French girl, Celine (Julie Delpy). After briefly conversing, he asks her to get off the train with him, even though he doesn't have enough money for a hotel. She agrees, and they walk up and down the city, and within several hours, they begin to have a romantic connection. At the end of the movie however, he has a flight to board back to the U.S.
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