Before Sunset


(out of 5)

Nine years after they met briefly in Vienna and had a glorious evening together, a now successful writer () and a beautiful French social worker () bump into each other in Paris. He only has a few hours before he has to catch a plane back to New York, so they have coffee, go for a walk, and catch up on old times, giving each other an update of who they are and how it compares with who they used to be. They’re just as attracted to each other as they were the first time around, but admitting it is difficult to deal with because it brings up implications of time wasted and complicates their present situation.  This lyrical ode to lifelong romance, brilliantly scripted by director Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan and the two stars, is about as good as any movie can be when packed into 80 very short minutes; it is romantic, heartbreaking, funny and exciting, capped off by a beautiful song (written and performed by Delpy) and a most deliciously promising ending. It’s about as good a time as you can have in front of a movie screen watching two people have a conversation for an hour and a half.

USA, 2004

Directed by

Story by Richard Linklater, , Screenplay by Richard Linklater, , , based on characters created by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 2004

The Criterion Collection

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; Story by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Julie Delpy)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Julie Delpy)
Best Screenplay (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)

National Board Of Review Award
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Screenplay

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Film



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