Before Sunset

Synopsis: Early thirty-something American Jesse Wallace is in a Paris bookstore, the last stop on a tour to promote his best selling book, This Time. Although he is vague to reporters about the source material for the book, it is about his chance encounter nine years earlier on June 15-16, 1994 with a Parisienne named Celine, and the memorable and romantic day and evening they spent together in Vienna. At the end of their encounter at the Vienna train station, which is also how the book ends, they, not providing contact information to the other, vowed to meet each other again in exactly six months at that very spot. As the media scrum at the bookstore nears its conclusion, Jesse spots Celine in the crowd, she who only found out about the book when she earlier saw his photograph promoting this public appearance. Much like their previous encounter, Jesse and Celine, who is now an environmental activist, decide to spend time together until he is supposed to catch his flight back to New York, this t
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: Warner Independent Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

remembering this dance...

...he's there. He's there,

in both moments, simultaneously.

And just for an instant,

all his life is just folding in on itself.

And it's obvious to him

that time is a lie.

That it's all happening all the time...

...and inside every moment

is another moment...

...all happening simultaneously.

Anyway, that's kind of the idea.


Our author has to be going

to the airport soon... thank you all very much

for coming over this afternoon.

And a special thanks to Mr. Wallace

for being with us.

Thank you. Thank you.

We hope to see you here again

with your next book.

Thank you all. How much longer

before I have to go to the airport?

Oh, you should leave at 7:30...

- Seven-thirty at the very latest.

- Okay.

- Hi.

- Hello.

- How are you?

- Good, and you?

I'm good, yeah, I'm great. I'm...

Do you wanna, maybe,

get a cup of coffee?

Didn't he just say

you have a plane to catch?

Yeah. But, I mean, I have a little time.

- Okay.

- Yeah? All right, well, let me...

I'll meet you outside. Okay.

Excuse me. I'm just gonna go

get a cup of coffee.

- I'll be back at 7: 5.

- Did you sign all these?

- Yeah, I sure did.

- Get your driver Philippe's card... you can call his cell

if you're running late.

We'll put your bags in the car

so you're not late.

- All right, thanks for everything.

- Thank you.

Which one's Philippe?

- I can't believe you're here.

- I live here in Paris.

Are you sure you don't have to stay?

You're not supposed to talk more?

They're sick of me.

I spent the night here.

- You did?

- Yeah, they got a loft upstairs.

- How are you? This is so weird.

- I'm fine.

- It's good to see you.

- It's good to see you.

- So you want to go to a caf?

- Yeah.

Okay. There's one a little further

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Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his humanist films which mainly revolve around personal relationships, suburban culture, and the effects of the passage of time. Some notable films of his include the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. more…

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