February 24, 2024 | Rome, Italy

Before Sunrise

By |2018-03-21T18:29:53+01:00December 26th, 2003|Reviews|

3.5

Date: 1995

Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

B

y conventional Hollywood logic, Richard Linklater bright little film didn’t stand a chance. Who really wants to watch two appealing stars … talk? But God is sometimes in the details, thankfully so, and the chance European meeting between American student Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Frenchwoman Celine (Julie Delpy) on a Budapest-Vienna train turns into a charming romantic snapshot. This is about how people unexpectedly fall in like with one another. Linklater’s anti-vulgar approach is something of a marvel. His tender story line also draws incipient romance as it often is: curious, awkward, never obvious or crass. Followed by “Before Sunset” a decade later.

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A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.