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Before Sunset
DIRECTED BY RICHARD LINKLATER
RELEASED: 2004

Why's it so good? If the first was about being young and in love, here's a film about being older, possibly wiser, definitely more burdened, and still in love. Only this time what's keeping you apart is not a whimsical decision to trust fate and meet again in 6 months but the whole progress of your lives since.

Before Sunset Before Sunset
How does it stack up to the original? It's the perfect companion piece. Ideally, you'd watch these films as original cinemagoers did for the full effect: watch Sunrise when you're about 20, and Sunset a decade later. We know a few people who were frustrated by the open-ended ending but frankly it's spot on: you can choose your own destiny for Jesse and Celine depending on how romantic you are (well of course they end up together).

Glaring error: Some of the Parisian geography as Jesse and Celine meander through the city is a bit suspect.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 111 MONTHS


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