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Before Sunset (2004)

Director: Richard Linklater     Starring: Julie Delpy Ethan Hawke
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40678685
UPC: 085393896225
UPC 14: 00085393896225
Sales Rank: 3166
Category Keywords: Europe  Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now they cross paths again - in paris - where they will get the chance we all wish we had.
Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/8/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 38962
Video UPC UPC: 00085393896225
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Albert Delpy
Video Cast Info Ethan Hawke
Video Cast Info Julie Delpy
Video Cast Info Rodolphe Pauly
Video Cast Info Vernon Dobtcheff
Video Cast Info Ethan Hawke - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Julie Delpy - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lee Daniel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Writer
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Director
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Producer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"The actors shine. Hawke is funny and touching....Delpy scores a tour de force..." 07/08/2004 p.136

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters as much as fulfill them." 07/09/2004 p.65

New York Times
"[E]nchanting..." 07/02/2004 p.E1

"[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." 07/01/2004 p.36

"[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." 08/01/2004 p.125

Sight and Sound
"[Delpy] has a wise, knowing air, and the composure of a lioness..." 08/01/2004 p.44

Los Angeles Times
"For Linklater, BEFORE SUNSET represents a triumphant breakthrough." 07/02/2004 p.E20

New York Times
"Candid, funny, deeply moving."

Slate 8 of 10
The bad news is that Before Sunset is not as delirious an experience as its predecessor. The good ne - David Edelstein

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
The litmus test for whether a viewer is likely to appreciate Before Sunset is simple: anyone - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
The actors shine. Hawke is funny and touching as Jesse describes the harsh truths of his seeming suc - Peter Travers

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hawke,Ethan
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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