Directed by Richard Linklater
Showing at FACT in August (Dates TBC)
Before Sunset is the follow up to Before Sunrise in which Jesse (Ethan
Hawke) met Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train travelling across Europe, where
they had a whirlwind romance in the city of Vienna which only lasted a
few hours but established a deep bond between them. When saying their
goodbyes at the railway station they made a promise to meet up in Vienna
in six months time.
Now we have moved on nine years and Jesse is a writer on a tour of Europe
to promote his new book which is based on his unforgettable time in Vienna
and has put him in the lower reaches of the bestseller lists. During a
book signing in Paris he looks up to see Celine watching him, however
as his plane home leaves that evening they only have a couple of hours
to spend together. It transpires that she never made it back to Vienna
that time due to her grandmother being unwell, leaving Jesse, who did
make it, to wonder what might have happened.
Shot virtually in realtime the film literally consists of them walking
through some of the more picturesque streets of Paris with the odd coffee
thrown in, and talking about their lives, about politics, about relationships,
and about the time they first met. When sitting in a cafe it almost felt
like I was with them due to there being no cuts or editing and the intimacy
of their conversation, the characters becoming more likeable as they revealed
insecurities and lost hopes. Strictly for soppy old romantics.