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Before Sunrise

Directed by Richard Linklater

Part of Richard Linklater: A Day in the Life

Céline (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) are twenty-somethings who meet on a train to Paris and, upon Jesse’s urging to “think of it as time travel” for their future selves, make a stopover to explore the captivating city of Vienna together. What follows is a gentle, delicate romance. Their whip-smart and somewhat cynical conversation belies the fact that they’re falling in love, and touches on everything from sex to parents to metaphysics. An enchanting film that articulates “the sense that life holds infinite possibility” (New York Times). 1995, 35mm, 105 minutes.


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