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Running Time:
1hour, 20 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and sexual references

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
One of the best romantic dramas of the year with a sensational performance by Julie Delpy.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette ; Theatrical Trailer.

Before Sunset
For anyone who related to "Before Sunrise," the romantic drama that starred Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as two hitchhiking travelers who spent just one day together meandering around Vienna, the effect of this sequel is elegiac. But don't worry if you haven't seen the first film, it's not necessary. A few flash-backs establish their romantic past and quickly sets up their present situation. Writer/director Richard Linklater ("Before Sunrise" and the very succesful "School of Rock") once again takes the concept of real-time seriously in this sequel to his 1995 original. Not only does he document their every exchange, every movement, minute by minute; but he's set the sequel nine years later, which is exactly how long it's been since the two of them parted. In '95 they were full of idealistic college-student fervor talking on every conceivable subject before they went their separate ways; but without exchanging phone numbers, presumably trusting in fate to reunite them six months later. Well, that didn't quite happen, and now, nine years later, Jesse's in France, promoting the novel he's penned, about his romantic encounter in Vienna; and fortuitously he's appearing at Celine's favorite bookstore in Paris, where she's living. He's only got 20 minutes to catch up before hopping on a plane, and the pair leaps right back into the type of conversations that took place nine years ago, only this time the setting's beautiful, romantic Paris. Linklater does an admirable job of keeping things moving and ending the film on just the right note, both figuratively and literally, thanks to a beautiful song written and performed in character by lovely Julie Delpy.

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