Before Sunrise

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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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The film revolves around the story of a young man and woman who meet on a train and impulsively decide to get off at Vienna. With only one night ahead, the two spend their time exploring the city and getting to know each other, knowing that they have to eventually go their separate ways.

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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
as Percussionist
as Philippe
Hans Weingartner
as Cafe Patron
Albert Delpy
as Man at Grill
Liese Lyon
as Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer
as Cafe Patron
Otto Reiter
as Cafe Patron
Branko Andric
as Cafe Patron
John Sloss
as Cafe Patron
Alexandra Seibel
as Cafe Patron
Georg Schollhammer
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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Audience Reviews for Before Sunrise

One of my favorite movies of all time. This is what great romance movies are made of. The story is not that complicated: it's just two strangers who meet on a train and spend the rest of their day (and night) together. The dialogue feels very natural, almost like we're evesdropping on a real conversation. There are so many scenes and bits of dialogue from this movie that I loce and that ring true to my own (or anyone's) life. It is truly a hidden gem and a pleasure to rewatch every other year.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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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

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

Super Reviewer

I have mentioned in some of my past reviews that of the many different types of film I enjoy, one of them is the type where the story takes place over the course of a few hours or a day. This is one such film. This also happens to be a film by Richard Linklater (whose work I really enjoy). I'm not real big on romance films, but when I can find one done right, then I'm usually pretty happy. This is one of those films. This movie is almost sickeningly sweet and romantic. It's also pretty honest and realistic. This isn't some sort of feel-good fantasy, it's two souls who meet, spend a day together in a city just wandering around and talking, then part ways- possibly never to see one another again. This, like my favorite Linklater film (Dazed and Confused) is a film I would like to/wish I would have made. It's a simple concept, and shouldn't really work, but it does. I think it does work because Linklater knows that films don't have to have plot to be good. Not much really happens here aside from walking and talking, but it feels like an immense amount of time has passed once the end credits roll. The characters have interesting things to talk about, and a lot of this reminded me of sitting in smokey bars and greasy spoons yakking my head off over coffee or beer with friends. In a way, I feel a lot like Jesse. I try to cover up romanticism with cynicism. I however, do not have the artsy, slacker attitude or looks of Jesse (or Hawke), and am not quite as cynical, but he is a character I feel I am on a similar plane with. Julie Delpy is charmingly cute, but not a sexy bombshell. I'm okay with that. I think she's a wonderful actress (with talent and looks), and she fits the part perfectly, as does Hawke. She seems too uptight and opinionated, just like how Jesse is perhaps too much of an immature bum. Even though these two aren't the most likable people, you can't/don't hate them because they are too similar to most of the world's population. I basically loved everything about this film. The dialogue and performances have to carry it, because there's really nothing else, but that's fine, because those are done so well. The music and camera work are also nice. Besides just walking and talking the scenery is gorgeous, and the music is just as fun to listen to as the conversations. I think I may actually hate this film because I wish I would have seen it sooner and also because this is the type of thing I'd love to do (cinematically and in real life). I'm mad that this film beat me to it. It's a wonderful concept and the ending for me was just great. Had this been directed by some other director, most of this (if not all of it) would have been false, too sappy, and had an eyerolling worthy ending. Bravo.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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