Before Sunset (2004)

“Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.”

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Vernon Dobtcheff

There was a possibility that, as a sequel to Before Sunrise, the image people had formed for the future of Jesse and Celine could have been ruined. Before Sunset has been approached very well though, not as a commercialised vehicle to cash in on, but just as a natural progression with the story of these two star-crossed lovers.

The film picks up 9 years after the brief encounter that happened between Jesse and Celine. Having written a book about this one-of-a-kind meeting, Jesse is doing a book tour with his last stop being Paris. Here, as he hoped, he meets Celine once again and the two of them, grown-up with real lives now, reminisce and talk about the years that have flown by.

With a natural chemistry that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy captured in the first film, the romantic connection between Jesse and Celine is as apparent as ever. With their conversation focused on general topics like how they’ve been and what they’ve been up to, it soon turns towards the obvious and becomes fixated upon this strong and fantastic connection that always seems to spark when the two meet. Even though each has gotten on with their lives, you can’t help but root for the two to be together.

Director Linklater has this fantastic ability to really explore and develop this relationship. From the beginning, being that of the first film, he really takes time in showing just two normal people bonding and in such a natural way. Conversation is a big part, if not the main reason for the two becoming so close, so the writers must also must be given credit for this fundamental element.

Before Sunset is another fantastic piece from Linklater and follows on so well from Before Sunrise. With yet another open end that has us guessing again about the possible relationship between Jesse and Celine, the movie has one of the best last lines to close.

Star rating:  7.5/10

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Running time 80 minutes.

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