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Before Sunset

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It's nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 8.0/10 (62,756 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Richard Linklater

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid.

Writers: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy


Ethan Hawke


Julie Delpy


Vernon Dobtcheff

Bookstore Manager

Louise Lemoine Torres

Journalist #1

Rodolphe Pauly

Journalist #2

Mariane Plasteig




Denis Evrard

Boat Attendant

Albert Delpy

Man at Grill

Marie Pillet

Woman in Courtyard

What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?


Official Website:
Warner Bros [France] |
Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 17 June 2004

Filming Locations: France

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000


Opening Weekend: $311,194
(4 July 2004)
(20 Screens)

Gross: $5,792,822
(24 October 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Jesse's last name is Wallace.


When Jesse and Celine sit on a bench in the park Jesse has his arm around Celine in one shot, in the next the his arm is gone.


[first lines]

Journalist #1:
Do you consider the book to be autobiographical?

Uh, well, I mean… isn't everything autobiographical?

User Review

The only problem…

Rating: 10/10

…is that it ends. This is a fantastic film. It joins the handful of
movies where I think I liked the sequel even more than the original,
although I liked 'Before Sunrise' as well. Where Sunrise captured the
immediacy and urgency of perfect youthful love, Sunset reflects
beautifully on the aftermath of that perfection. I remember a line that
says "nothing that is complete breathes", and I think that is what we
see in this film. A perfect connection with another human is a blessing
and a curse; having experienced perfection a part of us stops
breathing, unable or unwilling to mar the perfection of that memory.

The dialogue is amazing, the acting is spot-on; this is a great film.
In some ways it felt more like reading a great novel than watching a
movie, in that I really felt like I knew the characters and was sad the
movie had to end. Kind of like saying goodbye to an old friend. If you
are an action movie kind of person, skip this flick because it will
bore you to tears. If, on the other hand, you like good dialogue, well
formed characters, and aren't quite jaded enough to have given up
completely on the idea of true love, don't miss this film.