Rolling Stone - 07/08/2004
"The actors shine. Hawke is funny and touching....Delpy scores a tour de force..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/09/2004
"[A] deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters as much as fulfill them."
New York Times - 07/02/2004
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"[I]ncredibly fluid and involving....If you have any kind of affinity for either of the characters, you're bound to find the picture a kind of miracle."
Uncut - 08/01/2004
"[I]t works a treat, flowing with the naturalistic ease of New Wave masters like Francois Truffaut or Agnes Varda....BEFORE SUNSET is a small story, but thoroughly intoxicating."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2004
"[Delpy] has a wise, knowing air, and the composure of a lioness..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/02/2004
"For Linklater, BEFORE SUNSET represents a triumphant breakthrough."
New York Times -
"Candid, funny, deeply moving."
Nine years ago, director Richard Linklater's BEFORE SUNRISE introduced American twentysomething Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French twentysomething Celine (Julie Delpy). The two met on a train to Vienna, and spent the night together wandering around the city, talking, and falling for each other. They parted ways, vowing to meet in Vienna in six months. Linklater's latest film, BEFORE SUNSET, picks up where the 1994 film left off. In Paris promoting a novel he has written about their one perfect night together (the two were never reunited), Jesse is dumbfounded when Celine shows up at his last bookstore interview. With just a few hours remaining before his flight back to the States, Jesse and Celine meander through Paris, returning in no time at all to their playful banter, flirtation, and intense conversations about life, love, and the state of the world. Although the sexual tension is palpable, Jesse is married--albeit unhappily--and has a young son, and Celine has a boyfriend. Are these thirtysomethings really soul mates, or ships destined to keep passing in the night' Perhaps only screenwriter Linklater, along with Delpy and Hawke who contributed to the insightful, believable dialogue, know for sure.
Description by Warner Home Video:
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'