Is there someone who lingers in your memory - someone who makes you wonder what might have been? Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy make magic again, reprising their Before Sunrise roles of Jesse and Celine and reuniting with director Richard Linklater (School of Rock) in this engaging tale of love and renewal. When Jesse and Celine first met in the mid 90's, their few hours together in Vienna were spontaneous and life-altering. Nine years later, lightning strikes twice. They unexpectedly meet in Paris...and have only one fading afternoon to decide if they should share their tomorrows. Smart, witty, real and unfolding largely in real time to heighten its immediacy, Before Sunset glows with the moments that are every heart's greatest adventure.
- Before Sunset review by Steve Mason
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The middle part of the director's excellent trilogy about the adjustments that take place in the key stages of life. This one catches Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, both treasurable) ten years after Before Sunrise. The film captures elegantly and wisely the thirtysomething condition: when enough experience has accrued to feel meaningful regret; of having to make definitive decisions, coupled with a last chance to review the decisions already made; but time enough to change. Still young, but when time first comes to check your pulse and take your temperature.
Linklater sets their conversation against the beauty of Celine's home city of Paris (reminiscent of Jacques Rivette's Paris Nous Appartient). The film is eighty minutes of dialogue, but there are no lulls. Just a developing euphoria with the joy that love and providence can bring. A conversation that leads us to a conclusion of overwhelming intent... and a tantalising cliffhanger.