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Before Sunset (2004)

I feel I need to see this movie again, at the right age.

That is not to say it is bad. I am happy to find out what happened nine years after “Before Sunrise”. The problem I had was that I did not feel as connected to the characters. This was probably due to the fact that I have not reached their stage in life yet.

The movie is still wonderfully made by the great Richard Linklater, and the two actors (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy) are hidden in plain sight as Jesse and Celine. The movie shows Jesse, as he is visiting Paris on a book tour, and finds Celine again. The conversations they have are, to put it bluntly, superbly portrayed. The movie is done in many long takes, which would mean the actors would have a lot to memorize. The material is so well done I don’t even think the actors rehearsed. They just…were.

The other issue I had with the film was the run time. It was really too short. I wanted more! Still, quality over quanity.

Parents, the R rating is due to swearing, and much sexual references. I would say High Schoolers and older are ok. Still, they may not “get” the material because they have not reached that point in life yet. Still, like it’s predecessor, “Before Sunrise”, the love between Jesse and Celine is the one that you don’t see in movies much anymore. It is one that is true, and one that we all want.

Overall: 3 1/2 Stars *** 1/2

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