Director: Richard Linklater
This is a film that does not go without the other. Before Sunset brings back the familiarity, but with a different tone, as it continues where Before Sunset left off. Nine years after they met, Jesse and Celine reunite, this time, set in the city of Paris. Jesse was a published author, who was on a book tour, when he met Celine, on his last day in Paris. It has the same premise as the first: limited time, a single location, conversations exchanged between the two, Before Sunset brings the viewers into a new light on where Jesse and Celine are in their lives.
Besides the connection that they still have, things have changed when it comes to their views and perspectives, signifying that they have grown up from that one night in Vienna. Jesse is now married and has a son, while Celine is dating a photojournalist. By the way their conversation is going, their youth has faded away and instead of dreams, they have rooted themselves in reality.
They symbolize people in a crossroad of their live, like a quarter life crisis, something like that. The moment where we throw these unrealistic dreams we have and settle for what is in front of us. It's good if you're one of the lucky few who has found something that you love, and are happy with. With the rest of the world, that's the crossroad, the reality that we all start to have doubts, regrets, second thoughts. All the romanticism has gone away and instead we get two people who has grown up with all these life experiences that lead them to think the way they are, and to be the way their are.
I like how this brings notions back to reality, a sign that people have truly grown up. It helps that Delpy and Hawke have maintained that chemistry they had on screen, with both of them keeping viewers' attention even if it's all conversation. I like how the beauty of Paris is subtle in the background. It's not those typical movies shot in Paris, where all tourist areas are flashed without meaning. We basked in the beauty of Paris as we know more about their lives.