Before Sunrise (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

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Richard Linklater wrote and directed (along with Kim Krizan) this charming film concerning two young people who meet briefly on a train traveling through Europe who enjoy talking to each other so much that they decide to spend a few hours together until they depart for different destinations. Linklater, in the style of Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, assumes intelligence on both the part of his characters and his audience, content in his belief that idle conversation between a man and a woman is more of a turn-on than sex. Jess (Ethan Hawke), an American traveling through Europe, meets the French beauty Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train. Jesse is headed to Vienna, where he is flying back to America the next morning. Celine, for her part, is heading off to Paris, where she is starting classes at the Sorbonne. From the moment they catch each other's eye they are immediately attracted to each other. They have a meal in the lounge car and enjoy each other's conversation so much that when they arrive in Vienna, Jesse convinces Celine to accompany him and wander the Vienna streets until the time for his plane to depart. And as they talk and walk through Vienna, they fall in love.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Ethan Hawke
as Jesse
Julie Delpy
as Celine
Andrea Eckert
as Wife on Train
Hanno Pöschl
as Husband on Train
Karl Bruckschwaiger
as Guy on Bridge
Tex Rubinowitz
as Guy on Bridge
Erni Mangold
as Palm Reader
Dominik Castell
as Street Poet
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Book Store Manager
Louise Lemoine Torres
as Journalist #1
Harold Waiglein
as Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim
as Belly Dancer
Rodolphe Pauly
as Journalist #2
Kurti
as Percussionist
Diabolo
as Philippe
Hans Weingartner
as Cafe Patron
Liese Lyon
as Cafe Patron
Albert Delpy
as Man at Grill
Peter Ily Huemer
as Cafe Patron
Otto Reiter
as Cafe Patron
Branko Andric
as Cafe Patron
Constanze Schweiger
as Cafe Patron
John Sloss
as Cafe Patron
Alexandra Seibel
as Cafe Patron
Georg Schollhammer
as Cafe Patron
Christian Ankowitsch
as Cafe Patron
Wilbirg Reiter
as Cafe Patron
Barbara Klebel
as Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Staribacher
as Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Gluxam
as Harpsichord Player
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Critic Reviews for Before Sunrise

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

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Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Wall Street Journal
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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 10, 2004
Toronto Star
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Before Sunrise

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blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah......... yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn. Wonder why so many people like it so much!!! This surely wasn't my cup of tea.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

One of the my favorite movies of all time. This is what great romance movies are made of.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Sweet romantic movie about an American guy meeting a European girl on a train and spend the day together in Vienna. Similar story to serendipity.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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