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Before Sunset (2004)

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 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
  • Producers: Richard Linklater, John Sloss, Anne Walker-mcbay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YLC24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Before Sunset" on IMDb

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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. Nine years after a chance meeting and a romantic one-night rendezvous in Vienna, the paths of two virtual strangers cross again in Paris for a second look at what might be love. 2004/color/80 min/R/widescreen.

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208 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime. Nearly perfect. August 7, 2004
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DVD extras: Not much, just the theatrical trailer and a 10-minute segment called "on the set of Before Sunset", which intersperses bits of interviews between the two actors and the director. I think most people would find it mildly interesting but definitely not essential.

The film itself: "Before Sunset" is the sequel to "Before Sunrise," a wonderful little film from 1995. You don't have to see that film first, but I'd recommend doing so anyway, because it's very good, and because it increases the emotional impact of "Before Sunset".

If you have seen "Before Sunrise" and liked it, you will almost certainly like "Before Sunset." If you found it boring or otherwise unappealing, then skip "Sunset." The two films share a lot in common: an overwhelming focus on the two main characters, lots of good dialog, and a very sweet love story.

There are a few differences:

The acting is better in "Before Sunset." The Jesse character (Ethan Hawke) is more likeable in "Before Sunset" (some people found him slightly annoying in the prequel). In the sequel, there seems to be more tension: they only have 80 minutes rather than a whole night to figure out if they should be together. There's also more at stake: it's so rare in life to find someone with whom you truly connect, and if you let them go, it's even more rare to get a second chance with them later.

Many people who really liked the prequel said that seeing the sequel gave them the sensation of visiting old friends. I felt this too.

I *URGE* you to be very careful about reading other user reviews. Most reviews I've seen give too many hints about the ending.

Those of you who have already seen this film may be interested in discussing the ending.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love song to love and to Paris May 5, 2005
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"Before Sunset" is a lovely piece of film making that feels like an 80-minute exercise in eavesdropping on a conversation between two real, knowable people--not actors on the silver screen. The movie is a rarity in this age of fifty-million dollar budgets, graphic sex, extravagant sets, and cheesy special effects (none of which I particularly mind; "Sunset" is just a nice departure from the latest multiplex thriller). It never feels contrived, the way most movie romances do; the (abundant) conversation that makes the movie work is flowing and genuine. The characters seem real, not like paid actors at all (attribute that to Hawke and Delpy's perfect on-screen chemistry). I never got the feeling that either were just reciting lines from a script someone else had written (the director and two lead actors are given full writing credit; thus, the feeling of authenticity). This sentiment of realism holds particularly true toward the end of the film, when Celine angrily shouts at Jesse that he ruined things for her, that their night together nine years ago was as good as it'll ever be, and now she's forced to unfavorably compare everything to that. How can anyone act that without feeling it? I wondered.

As its prequel, "Before Sunrise," was nicely set in Vienna, Paris is a lovely backdrop for "Before Sunset," with (blissfully) nary a shot of the Eiffel Tower in sight and not a note of the typical "fall in love in Paris" accordion music. But the cafes, shops, cobblestone streets, and River Seine are all present in their authentic glory.

I thought the ending, in fitting with the rest of the film, was perfect. What ultimately happens is settled in my mind, which may vary from another's interpretation. Isn't it nice to be able to decide the outcome instead of being force-fed the answers? It will be a long time before I see another movie I enjoyed as much as "Before Sunset."
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film so far of 2004 is Before Sunset August 8, 2004
By Ryan L.
Maybe I sound biased because Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise is one of my ten or so all time favorite films, but this improved (and I thought that would be impossible!) sequel to an infinitely great film is truly the best film (so far) of 2004. The screenplay, co-written by director Richard Linklater and stars Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, is probably one of the most refreshing of this decade. It succeeds on so many levels because of the development of this relationship and the fact that Delpy and Hawke have such a three dimensional knowledge of these complex characters-no, human beings. Fictional of course, but they are still the most humanistic screen "couple" I've ever seen.

Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy), separated for nine years, are undeniably the soul mates often described in their conversations, the ones that dig deeper than small talk. On a book tour in Paris, where Celine now lives, Jesse finds her watching him through a window as he absentmindedly describes the book he has written, which concerns two fictional lovers who meet and spend a night together-quite obviously autobiographical, when the question is implied by an interviewer. From there on, the two reunite and spend a brief but unforgettable afternoon in Paris, wandering the streets.

The screenplay and direction are flawless. The dialogue and its delivery is so natural, so uncontrived I was convinced even more that these were real people that I knew. After all, I've waited nine years too (okay, not really, I only saw Sunrise a year ago). Linklater just observes all that is going on without overly glamorizing it. Delpy and Hawke take this dialogue and make it into their own-they are those Celine and Jesse as far as I'm concerned. Some of the best acting this year can be found in Sunset.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks as one of my all-time favorite movies. Love Ethan Hawke and...
Ranks as one of my all-time favorite movies. Love Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and that they did the trilogy together years apart. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nancy Avolese
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I wish the Before Sundown and Before Midnight Movies were part of the Prime series.
Published 9 days ago by Seymour Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for couples
Love love love this movie!!!
Published 16 days ago by Sheila Cherizard
4.0 out of 5 stars A second chance at love can happen....
Although it may seem like a fairy tale for some people. This movie can open eyes and hearts to a second chance at love! Read more
Published 16 days ago by sunflower1
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like all talk and no action
If you like all talk and no action, you'll appreciate this trilogy. I found them all to be a bit tedious and overly-hyped. Read more
Published 17 days ago by V. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. You most see all three. The trilogy is before sunrise, before sunset, and before midnight.
Published 18 days ago by Marti H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good film.
Published 21 days ago by Maurice R Yanez
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Have no idea what this is about. I never made the purchase. Viewed the CD on Netflix.
Published 23 days ago by Charles R.
5.0 out of 5 stars but loved this movie
Not usually big with this type movie, but loved this movie.
Published 28 days ago by Steve Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty good!
Published 1 month ago by alb125cu
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