It’s nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.
I have watched this movie three times, the latest being on .
Before Sunset is the absolutely beautiful sequel to Before Sunrise, two films by Richard Linklater starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Both movies focus on two very interesting characters, an American (Hawke) and a French woman, when they meet at junctures in their lives.
In the first movie they meet for the very first time on a train and take a whimsical walk around the streets of Vienna. It’s about discovering a place, memories, love and relationships, all of which are pieced together with beautiful dialogue and a fantastic story.
Before Sunset is the sequel, set and filmed nine years after original. This time it follows the couple around the streets of Paris, and amazingly the dialogue surpasses the beauty of the previous movie. The cinematography is passive, yet intensive, which only enhances the stunningly crafted monologues. The couple meander, discussing what happened on that night all those years ago and how their lives have been influenced by their encounter.
The dialogue is mesmerising - a real insight to both sides of emotion and love. I recommend watching ‘Before Sunrise’ before watching ‘Before Sunset’ to fully appreciate the magical journey of this romantic masterpiece.