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Exceptional. It's a romance. Not a dramatic romance. Not a romantic comedy. It just follows a couple as they fall in love over a short period of time, and keeps you in that feeling with them.
Don't read the other comments :-) There's some spoilers, over-analysis, and pettiness.
I'm glad I read them after I watched the movie.
great movie ethan hawke and Julie delphy was amazing it's not predictable like independence day and mib those type of movies.great movie has a great story romantic scenes was amazing it's not really slow at all it's amazing.i don't know what these guys are missing.julie delpy was beauitiful. and ethan hawke was at the top of his game.great movie.
The people who hate this movie really hate it but I thought it was sweet-- a little clumsy at times.
I enjoyed this simple story. I loved Ethan Hawke in "Great Expectations" and his performance here was equally enjoyable. The story reminded me of how much I miss the spontaneity of my youth. Renewing a desire to create more of those moments that stay with you forever.
Richard Linklater’s utterly charming feature takes the simplest of premises and turns it into a meditation on life, love, and the million choices which shape our destiny. As Jesse and Céline head towards that first kiss their conversation likewise wades into deepening waters as they compare notes on everything from intimacy and indifference to the politics of life and death. And as the sun sets over Vienna the city transforms into a magical netherworld alive with portents—a fortune teller sees past their palms and into their hearts; a gypsy’s dance puts Céline in mind of creation; an old woman hobbles past like Mother Time herself; and in the background trains and trolleys pass each other going in opposite directions. It’s these subtle visual cues coupled with a disarmingly natural script which couches heavier philosophical musings inside featherweight chatter that makes Linklater’s opus so irresistible. That, plus the voyeuristic glow—simultaneously erotic and melancholy—which comes from watching two handsome strangers drift towards each other knowing that their time together is measured in mere hours. A study in what might have been—or what may be to come for this is but the first instalment of a trilogy—that one can’t help but apply to their own experience. What would my life be like if I had done this instead of that?
One of my favorite movies, I have watched several times over the years and think it still holds up. Each time I watch I notice something new, and as I age I get a different perspective since I started watching as younger than the characters and now I'm older.
The movie is on the borderline between fantasy and reality. It is a realistic move composed of the things we wished we did, the actions we wish we had taken instead of the ones we actually did. The movie has the viewer take a journey to see what would happen if we followed our impulses and had one magical day that we'd never forget.
My first time watching this and I must say, it's adorable! It's flirtatious, thought provoking, fluid in acting and dialog. It felt very natural in acting, and those two actors did a great job!
100% on Rotten tomatoes?! Shocked. Why? This movie was so incredibly boring I had to switch it off.
It has nothing to do with a romance, was too prosaic. Did not like the actors and their acting. The dialog was boring, dull and plain simple. Come on, who would share such awkward conversations lacking big ideas, perhaps kids in the kindergarten?! This was not my cup of tea.
It felt like watching a documentary about someone's daily routine: getting up in the morning just to have a cup of coffee, do his clerk work, have lousy lunch finished with lousier dinner and quick sex with a spouse and do all the boring activities such flushing a toilet between sunrise and sunset. Yes, we do not see this in recent Hollywood movies, but who wants to watch this ordinary boring stuff, if we have it/do it daily, really?
Like the scene at a cemetery when the woman character states standing at the 13 year old girl's grave: "I was 13 years old like this girl, now I'm ten years older - funny". Really? I guess I missed the point. I missed this movie and I'm glad: it would be waste of my time finishing watching it.
I finished watching the new movie "Beast" last night - now, that was a rocket. Hope that gets 100% on Rotten tomatoes along with few Oscars!
The movie is simple, spontaneous and believable. Along with acting, the dialog is real and a major plus. Once felt, it is true entertaining movie. The short scene of face movements in record store is especially touching.
Jesse and Celine meet on a train in Europe, spurred by an instant connection, they spend the night together in Vienna, walking around and talking. A very romantic film, with a restaurant scene in the second half that is just one of the sweetest scenes I've ever seen in a movie.
Every couple of years I get the urge to rewatch this movie. It’s a modern classic. Very leisurely and plotless, but with such realistic conversation and acting that it absorbs you from beginning to end. Definitely more of an “intellectual” movie but I don’t find it snobbish. I love these kinds of conversations! Makes me nostalgic for the time I could spend an entire night wandering around talking about life. Oh, to have that kind of time again. Anyway, this is the first in an excellent series. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s chemistry is nuts!
Totally bored me. This is an "intellectual" movie...all talk and no action. I've heard great things about this trio of movies but I guess it's just not my style.
Love this series....Always and forever. I followed up with " Before Midnight " via redbox, (10/22/13).
Quite boring film. Don't like the actors. Routine and dull conversation. Not recommended.
After seeing Boyhood I had to check out other Linklater movies. Before Sunrise lived up to the standards set for me by Boyhood. A lot of talk that was smart and natural. I can't wait to see more of this director.
Outstanding movie about a 24 hour romance, but the characters seem to be acting without a script. If there was a script, than Ethan Hawke and Julie Dulpy deserve credit for making the movie so authentic. I truly felt I was watching a docudrama about a chance meeting between an young American man and a beautiful French student. "Before Sunrise:"
had me wondering "What would I do in a situation like their's?" I believe there is a follow up movie "Before Sunset" with the same actors. I can't wait to see it!
Great movie. They are so young in this movie and Ethan Hawke doesn’t look like a meth addict! Lots of in-depth philosophical topics covered here. This is an acting movie with a great script, if you are looking for anything else then stay away.
This film was so satisfying that I found myself immediately watching it over again from the beginning, almost unable to turn it off. Outstanding, convincing acting, beautiful cinematography and superb directing. It is truly a film for the intelligent mind and not the impatient viewer. A definite keeper. Ryan Akler-Bishop's comments below are accurate and well stated - thank you!
This is the first of 3 (so far) films starring the same two actors in the "Before XXX" series. It is basically a 2-person film, and very talky. However, if you are romantic at heart, you will love it.
“Before Sunrise” works because unlike most romance films do, because it’s not geared towards idiots who have no sense of intelligent cinema. “Before Sunrise” rises far above that. The characters in “Before Sunrise” are meant to be relatable to intelligent audience members, and for that reason, it makes the film extremely redeeming and a breath of fresh air. The characters in most average and mainstream romantic-dramas would lose their audience if all they did was walk around and talk. Well, audience members are more than satisfied with these characters only walking around and speaking to each other for the entirety of the film. “Before Sunrise” has built a more dedicated audience than practically any romance film ever made (with perhaps the exception of “Casablanca”). The plot of “Before Sunrise” centres around an American man and a French woman, named Jesse and Celine. Jesse and Celine meet on a train, and spontaneously decide to leave the train together and spend the day together in Vienna. They soon find a connection based upon what could arguably be fate. Of course, the film doesn’t reach the epic scope without the powerful assistance of its sequels, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”. They help craft what a relationship is, over the span of eighteen years. The trouble with “Before Sunrise” as a stand aloud film, is the fact that the characters are somewhat aggravatingly optimistic. The subtext behind “Before Sunrise” is that “love conquers all”. This is a dull statement that has been made by film after film, because it’s incredibly easy for audiences to enjoy. The films become far more powerful and honest when they become more cynical. The sequel “Before Sunset” is informing us that “love is never where you look for it”, and finally “Before Midnight” tells us that “true love is driven by imperfections”. Personally, I find those messages to be far more intelligent and thought provoking as they pass by. That said, the increasing cynicism of the characters wouldn’t function without the optimism created by them at the beginning of the series, with “Before Sunrise”. I recently realized that one of the marvels behind “Before Sunrise” is how it uses it’s setting in a very non-pseudointellectual manner. The areas they walk through Vienna are not massive tourist attractions. It’s refreshing because it feels as though these people are genuinely in Vienna, and not some “Midnight in Paris”-esque vision of a city (don’t misunderstand me, I love “Midnight in Paris”). It feels as though it’s actually set in Vienna, which makes the film feel realistic, as director Richard Linklater’s intentions were for. The main reason the dialogue feels so natural in “Before Sunrise” is because actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are improvising as they go along. Usually, I can tell when actors are improvising, because there’s an unnatural vibe surrounding the way they speak, as if they’re unsure of what they say will come across as sounding natural. Here in “Before Sunrise” these actors are not only improvising, they’re speaking as if they were their characters in that situation. This works as it should due to the fabulous actors perfectly cast in these roles. Elia Kazan once explained that you can take the greatest actor, and if they’re miscast they won’t be able to come close to a performance by someone who is properly cast. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are masterful actors, and they’re perfectly cast. Although “Before Sunrise” is the weakest film in the trilogy, it’s still among the finest American films ever made. I find it infinitely re-watchable, because of the colourful characters that Linklater creates with the help of his lead actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” are all films that people will be talking about years and years from now.
Very 90s. Lots of cliches. Was distracted by the goatee of actor and yellow teeth of actress.
Found it dragged on...too simple for my taste. Although watching Before Sunset directly after made me appreciate both films more.
Two young people meet on a train and decide to spend a day together before heading to their respective destinations.
Julie looked great in this movie, they are both so young. If you are the from the same generation this may sting a bit as you are now over the hill. Your 20s are the best and very few ever make the best of their adult youth.
If your still in your 20s remember you are probably right you just have to beleive it. Get an education, work hard, stay clean and follow your heart.