Before Sunrise Review
By Christopher Null
The hype surrounding this film by local wunderkind Richard Linklater has been hitting Austin for the past month, and I was really expecting Before Sunrise to be a great movie. The story is simple: Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on the Eurail. They talk awhile, then Jesse woos her into getting off the train, where they spend his final night in Europe together in Vienna. Their relationship develops into a deep friendship, perhaps even love, over the course of the night. The next morning, Celine returns to the train station, and Jesse heads for the airport, and the movie's story is complete.
I have scarcely seen such genuine emotion portrayed on the screen, and the blooming romance between the two actors is absolutely believable. Unfortunately, often the dialogue is not. The hallmark of any Linklater film, people talk out of character as often as not, causing a number of the vignettes to fail with the audience. Also, the film's gruelingly slow pace made me check my watch far too many times. Thankfully these flaws don't detract from the film overmuch, but there are a few blemishes on this otherwise nice work.
As usual with a Linklater film, the Austin press has embraced Before Sunrise as a masterpiece. Don't believe everything you hear.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 27th January 1995
Box Office Worldwide: $5.5M
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Detour Film Production
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Cast & Crew
Starring: Ethan Hawke as Jesse, Julie Delpy as Céline, Andrea Eckert as Wife on Train, Hanno Pöschl as Husband on Train, Karl Bruckschwaiger as Guy on Bridge, Tex Rubinowitz as Guy on Bridge, Erni Mangold as Palm Reader, Dominik Castell as Street Poet, Haymon Maria Buttinger as Bartender, Harold Waiglein as Guitar Player in Club, Bilge Jeschim as Belly Dancer, Kurti as Percussionist, Hans Weingartner as Cafe Patron, Liese Lyon as Cafe Patron, Peter Ily Huemer as Cafe Patron, Otto Reiter as Cafe Patron, Hubert Fabian Kulterer as Cafe Patron, Branko Andric as Cafe Patron, Constanze Schweiger as Cafe Patron, John Sloss as Cafe Patron, Alexandra Seibel as Cafe Patron, Georg Schöllhammer as Cafe Patron, Christian Ankowitsch as Cafe Patron, Wilbirg Reiter as Cafe Patron, Barbara Klebel as Musician on Boat, Wolfgang Staribacher as Musician on Boat, Wolfgang Glüxam as Harpsichord Player