Before Sunset Thursday, 20 June 2019

Before Sunset

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Low-level coarse language; sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    True love.

  • Starring:

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres, Rodolphe Pauly, Diabolo

  • Directed by:

    Richard Linklater

  • Running time:

    80 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is slapped. Arguing. Mentions of: violence, guns, helicopter crash, chemical weapons disarmament, cheap labour, weapon industry, water-borne diseases, gang violence, murders, serial killers, rape, Communism, gulag, suicidal tendencies.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Losing virginity, horniness, fellatio, sex acts, having sex, S&M, talking dirty, spanking mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, wine). Smoking. Natural highs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word, crap, b*tch, p*ss. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women, slang terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Literature, environmental issues, France, Parisians, living abroad, tourism, writing, idealism, memories, journals, desires, awkwardness, dreams, frustrations, marriage, repressed emotions, activism, music.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased grandmother, marriage counselling, pregnancy mentioned. Birds (pigeons), cat. Depression, neurosis, therapy, ghosts, astrology, spirits, reincarnation, cancer, suicide mentioned. Some French language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Joyous, optimistic, fulfilling, magnificent, wildly romantic, affecting, beautiful, real, haunting, heartfelt, unpretentious, engaging, lovely, beguiling, effortless, vibrant, charming, soulful, minimalist, triumphant. Extremely well-developed characters, outstanding performances, loose and distinctive style, character/actor-driven, masterful writing. Shot in real time.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Too short, anti-climactic.

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