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Before Sunset (2004)
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Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke Julie Delpy Vernon Dobtcheff
1h 20m

"Before Sunset" is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater. It is the sequel to the 1995 film "Before Sunrise" and the second installment in the "Before" film series. The movie continues the story of Jesse and Céline, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, respectively. Here's a brief description:

Plot:Set nine years after the events of "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" reunites Jesse and Céline in Paris. Jesse, now a successful author, is on a book tour for his novel, which is based on the night he spent with Céline in Vienna. At a bookshop in Paris, he encounters Céline, and the film unfolds in real-time over the course of an afternoon.

As Jesse and Céline walk through the streets of Paris, they engage in deep and meaningful conversations about their lives, relationships, and the choices they've made. The film explores themes of love, connection, and the passage of time. The unfolding dialogue delves into the complexities of adult life, the impact of their earlier encounter, and the possibility of rekindling a romance.


  • Time and Memory: "Before Sunset" delves into the passage of time and the impact of memory on relationships, as Jesse and Céline reflect on their past and present.
  • Love and Connection: The film explores the evolving dynamics of love and connection, especially in the context of missed opportunities and the consequences of life choices.
  • Cinematic Realism: Like its predecessor, the film is known for its naturalistic dialogue and real-time unfolding, creating an intimate and authentic cinematic experience.


  • Ethan Hawke: He reprises his role as Jesse, who has become a successful writer.
  • Julie Delpy: She returns as Céline, an environmental activist living in Paris.

Critical Reception:"Before Sunset" received widespread critical acclaim for its intelligent dialogue, realistic portrayal of relationships, and the performances of Hawke and Delpy. The film's exploration of love and connection resonated with audiences and critics alike.

Note: The film is part of a trilogy, with "Before Sunrise" (1995) as the first installment and "Before Midnight" (2013) as the third. The trilogy follows the same characters at different stages in their lives.

If you appreciate character-driven dramas with thoughtful dialogue and a focus on the complexities of human relationships, "Before Sunset" is likely to be a poignant and engaging experience.