Before Sunset (2004)

Absolutely spectacular ‘nine-years later’ look at Before Sunrise, which was a Linklater masterpiece. As is this one. Pick up any movie by Richard Linklater and you will be amazed by how each actor seems like he’s speaking his mind, not reading lines from a script. This has never been more true than in this movie, where the actor’s actually contributed to their parts of the screenplay. This gives the effect of actually having watched two people play out the games we all play in course of conversation, but also have them say it like they mean it. We’ve seen these two characters (by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) twice before (Before Sunrise and a short sequence in Waking Life) and I’d take another dozen movies with just them over most of the movies I try hard to avoid.

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