Before SunsetDirector: Richard Linklater
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Richard Linklater directs the romantic drama Before Sunset, a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) were strangers who spent a loquacious night together in Vienna. Nine years later, Jesse has written a book about the encounter. During his accelerated European book tour, he reunites with Celine in Paris. Before Jesse's flight home, he joins Celine for a picturesque walk around Paris peppered with intimate conversation. Before Sunset was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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|Vernon Dobtcheff||Bookstore Manager|
|Louise Lemoine Torres||Journalist #1|
|Rodolphe Pauly||Journalist #2|
|Albert Delpy||Man at Grill|
|Marie Pillet||Woman in Courtyard|
|Bernard Bats||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jerome Borenstein||Asst. Director|
|Thierry Delettre||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Glover Gill||Score Composer|
|Baptiste Glaymann||Production Designer|
|John Sloss||Executive Producer|
1. An Author in Paris. [4:16]
2. A Little Time Together. [3:45]
3. Were You There? [4:19]
4. Better or Worse? [6:07]
5. Multinational. [5:15]
6. Older and Wanting. [7:36]
7. Unfinished Memories. [4:23]
8. Back to Sex. [6:24]
9. Boat on the Seine. [4:12]
10. Why Didn't We? [4:53]
11. Unhappily Married. [4:26]
12. Dying Inside. [7:44]
13. To Celine's Apartment. [4:24]
14. A Waltz for a Night. [4:35]
15. Tea and Nina. [4:15]
16. End Credits. [3:31]
On the Set of Before Sunset
Spoken Languages: English 5.1
Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 (Dubbed in Quebec)
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Boring, Rambling, Simple and Valueless I just don't get it. Review after review trumpets the merits (?!) of this film. All I can say is that my impression was something completely different, that is, as I struggled to watch this meaningless pap to its conclusion. Did I say conclusion? Even that word would require a new definition when applied to what occurred at the end of this film. A sequel to the almost-as-meaningless (but a little more substantive) Before Sunrise, this movie has that same couple, who have seen each other since their chance one-day meeting in Austria nine years before, encounter one another in Pairs on one stop of Ethan Hawke's book tour in Paris. They talk about their lives and accomplishments as they saunter through the city, occasionally breaking off for some coffee or to take a river boat ride on the Seine. Many say they find this presentation to be an accurate reflection of true life - a picture that is accurate because it is free of over-production. Well, perhaps that's the case, but only when compared to TV reality shows or mundane soap operas. It raises, as is so often the case in those kinds of productions, trivial pursuit to the level of significance. Unfortunately, there's nothing of consequence here. It's simply not important or even moving. Romance? Really? Weren't not even sure if there is any chemistry between these two- the setting is simply too lifeless. This isn't a portrayal of two people in love, but an excursion into nonsense. We feel they are merely saying, and not too enthusiastically, "Oh, dear, what can we do? Are our lives incomplete without each other?" But, of course, questions like that aren't answered either in the meandering conversation. All of this occurs in an afternoon and early evening with dialogue that some have commented appears so spontaneous. Well, maybe that's because it was. Much of what we hear the actors say was impromptu. The director wanted it that way- reality again!! But their words are no more important or defining than an exchange between of any two somewhat educated [and not necessarily connected] people on any given day in a modern urban setting. So?? What's the point?! I can say that the camera footage is splendid, but it always helps when the background is Paris. Otherwise, this is a lot of . . . . Well, nothing!
Richard Linklater with the collaborative assistance of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy have advanced the relationship between the two characters to new heights. Utilizing a sense of maturity and realism to this heartfelt romantic trance has given the audience an arena of thought to carry well after the movie has ended. The dialogue was fresh, insightful and intelligent. You feel the emotional life and death that both characters have undergone for the last 9 years after their original meeting
Well at least it's shot in Paris! What the heck was this? Almost two hours of rambling, insignificant nonsense, bordering sometimes on hilarity it was so melo-dramatic and oversentimental. What was the point? We are introduced to two lovers who knew each other briefly in Vienna, were supposed to rendezvous, didn't, and now have met once again 9 years later. Despite everything, there we are left with a questionable ending. If I were kind, I'd say the lighting and shots were good. Paris looks great, although we don't see enough of it to compensate for the poor quality of the script. This obviously was made for those who just want to bathe themselves in unending never-never. Ugh!!
I saw "Before Sunrise" in the theatre and for the next nine years couldn't help wondering what happened to Jesse and Celine. When I found out about "Before Sunset" I couldn't believe I was finally getting an answer. I watched as they recreated the chemistry I so remembered. This movie launched me through the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. In the end, I loved that the optimist or pessimist within me could read into the ending what it wished. I can only hope we revisit these two in another 10 years.
This was actually a very interesting movie. The whole thing takes place in real time during a stroll, cup of coffee, short boat ride and short car ride through Paris. The couple does not stop talking once. Basically they are describing things that another director with a larger budget might have chosen to dramatize. Not that I don't like witty repertoire, but this was ridiculous. I mean it's clever enough, it is exactly the kind of conversation you might have if catching up with a one-night stand after 9 years. Though of course the "man" (Hawke) keeps somehow maneuvering the conversation back to jokes about getting the "woman" (Delpy) into the sack, which I found to be so juvenile. They skirt around touchy subjects like politics and religion and just when you think the conversation is going to turn into a debate they laugh and all is well (oh aren't they so cute). But I guess in real life that is what you would do with an acquaintance. The whole time we were watching we wondered what was going to happen. Something was going to happen. Nothing really does that isn't obvious. That's why I call this review a spoiler -- there is really nothing to spoil because nothing happens (and I don't mean nothing like Seinfeld's nothing which is really something, I mean NOTHING, just pleasant conversation). Don't get me wrong: the dialogue is very good. Ethan Hawke tends to pick very poetic touching movies. And any other night this would have made a good coffeehouse flick, but we were hoping for something with a little more meat. It was this or "Defending Your Life" and I really regret the decision we made! :) Best part of the movie: when Delpy sings the pretty waltz toward the end. Just lovely.
The movie is very nice and romantic, it tells an hour story of two lovers, it's one of my best movies.
This is a really soft romantic movie, I wished I saw "before sunrise"
After seeing "Before Sunrise", I could not wait to get my hands on this sequel. However, I was dissapointed that it did not have any romance in it as the first film did. While it is normal for two people, who have not seen each other in years, to talk a lot and catch up on each other's lives, one would think that there would also be some rekindling of the romance they once shared so long ago. Because there was too much verbal communication between the characters, the film seemed to run a bit slow.
This is one of the best movies I have seen recently. The dialogue between the two characters is funny, witty and emotional without being too overdone or cliché. The chemistry and the connection between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke seem effortless and real. In short this movie was super-well scripted, acted and directed and it managed to be very romantic without being too sweet or cutesy.