Watched Jun 16, 2012
Dave Gauer’s review:
As with Before Sunrise, this sequel is something I would normally avoid like the plague on the basis of its theme and content. Following two people around in more-or-less real time as they have a long, meandering conversation while they walk through Paris? Sign me up! (Did you feel the sarcastic exuberance?)
But, having seen the first movie, I was already fully invested in these two characters. What a delight it was to not only find out what had happened to them over the last nine years, but to also to watch as they explored and revealed their feelings for each other.
Often, the conversation (and the very situation itself) felt like a battle between romanticism and realism. But it's solidly both. As with Before Sunrise, it's undeniably realistic. These characters could easily be real people. Their stations in life, their emotions, and the things they say are complex and sometimes ambiguous, but completely consistent and believable. At the same time, the whole thing is also romantic, with an against-all-odds element that is bittersweet but also hopeful.
The dialog is amazing. The acting is incredible. It's hard to even call it acting because it seems so unscripted.
Before Sunset is extremely impressive, even if talky relationship dramas aren't exactly my go-to entertainment. Maybe Linklater, Hawke and Delpy can get together in another decade and make a "Before Nightfall" or something. I'll definitely watch it to see what happens next.