Before Sunset Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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)


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


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


    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.


    Too short, anti-climactic.

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