- 1 hr 20 min
Before Sunset is a sequel to the movie Before Sunrise, an award winning romantic film from 1995. The story of Before Sunset picks up in real time nine years after the first film left off. Nine years ago, two strangers agreed to spend the night together in Vienna. These strangers, Celine and Jesse, met on a train young and free but at that point in their late twenties where they began to experience pressure to settle down. Jesse convinced Celine to be spontaneous and get off the train with him at the next stop in Vienna to discover the city without intent, wandering with the wind. Celine agrees to the deal, but only if they part, no strings attached, after the night ends. At the end of the night, after deep conversation and a small romance, Celine and Jesse revise the deal. They feel something between them that they don't want to be gone forever when they part, so they agree to meet in the same spot in Vienna exactly six months later. Six months later, Jesse showed up. Celine did not. Now, nine years later, fate brings Jesse and Celine back together, and they see each other for the first time since their night in Vienna. They meet by chance in a bookstore in Paris where Celine lives. They talk and discover that they have both lived their separate lives, but neither have moved on from that night in Vienna. Jesse sees this encounter as fate giving him a second chance with the girl that he was destined to be with. He makes a new deal with Celine. She agrees on spending one afternoon together with Jesse to talk, explore the city, and learn if they belong together. If they can’t determine Before Sunset if they were meant for each other, then they will go their separate ways again. Julie Delpy plays Celine, and Ethan Hawke plays Jesse. Richard Linklater directed Before Sunset, as well as Before Sunrise.