Before Sunset


Before Sunset

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Filled with engaging dialogue, Before Sunset is a witty, poignant romance, with natural chemistry between Hawke and Delpy.



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Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again--in Paris--where they will get the chance we all wish we had: to find out what might have been. The only problem is they have just a few hours to figure out if they belong together.

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Vernon Dobtcheff
as Bookstore Manager
Louise Lemonie Torres
as Journalist No. 1
Louise Lemoine Torres
as Journalist #1
Rodolphe Pauly
as Journalist No. 2
as Philippe
Denis Evrard
as Boat Attendant
Albert Delpy
as Man at Grill
Marie Pillet
as Woman in Courtyard
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Critic Reviews for Before Sunset

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  • It's a lovely, beguiling little film a rare treat during this overheated season of blockbusters. It's also an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original.

    Aug 8, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.

    Aug 8, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Shooting in long takes, Linklater and his actors (who get co-screenwriting credit) allow the conversation to curlicue effortlessly from literate banter to matters of the heart, and sometimes to places in between.

    Aug 8, 2012

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Before Sunset retains most of what was engaging about the first movie: it has its gentleness, its romanticism and, most importantly, its idealism. What it has lost is the sense of mystery.

    Aug 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.

    Aug 1, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Before Sunset


The original Richard Linklater classic featured two fresh, young voices, finding each other in a spontaneous bohemian kind of way. Nine years, and a trail of failed relationships later, and our lovers find each other in Paris, beginning again from the ruins of their shared past. Beautiful for its Parisian sights, but also for its lovelorn dialogue, this film works principally because it's a simple tale of love, having less to do with a pair's story and more with the mechanics of their love affair. The characters are interesting, their conversations are crisp and new, and we as the audience revel in their experience, but also in finding out the answers to our questions from the first film. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke work well together to create an organic and truly magical partnership as Celine and Jesse, and we watch because of their chemistry. The films not only circle around an interesting couple, but show love's evolution and fragility.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Perfect sequel. Not many like this one.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Nine years later another chance meeting for the American guy and European lady in Paris. A chance for more adventure.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The predecessor in which Hawke and Delpy walked through Vienna talking had an open ending. Now, years later they meet at his book reading telling the story, this time in Paris. Again, the film is little more than two people walking through a city, talking and again it works perfectly, thanks to the great chemistry between the two characters, their topics and dialogs, which hold a lot of ultimate truths about life and love. Surprisingly, Paris is not as charming a background as Vienna used to be. The result is still really charming and entertaining, like a lovely stroll through a beautiful city with someone special.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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