On Monday, September 15, the Niles Public Library is switching from BiblioCommons to a new online catalog called Enterprise. For more information about the benefits and changes of the new catalog, click here!

Before Sunrise

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Before Sunrise

Item Details

A young American man meets a beautiful French student on a train bound for Paris, falls in love and asks her to share his last night in Vienna.
Title: Before sunrise
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1999]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include theatrical trailer.
Rated R.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.
Summary: A young American man meets a beautiful French student on a train bound for Paris, falls in love and asks her to share his last night in Vienna.
ISBN: 9780780625990
Statement of Responsibility: Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Detour Filmproduction in association with F.I.L.M.H.A.U.S., Wien ; written by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan ; produced by Anne Walker-McBay ; directed by Richard Linklater
Credits: Director of photography, Lee Daniel ; editor, Sandra Adair ; executive producer, John Sloss.
Performers: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy.
System Details: DVD; widescreen; region 1.
Other Language: English and French language soundtracks (Dolby surround stereo) with some German dialogue; optional subtitles in English and French; Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Vienna (Austria) Drama. Americans Europe Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Romance films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Americans
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 2000042314
MARC Display»

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 10, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. They are so young in this movie and Ethan Hawke doesn’t look like a meth addict! Lots of in-depth philosophical topics covered here. This is an acting movie with a great script, if you are looking for anything else then stay away.

Mar 08, 2014
  • nancylee7169 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film was so satisfying that I found myself immediately watching it over again from the beginning, almost unable to turn it off. Outstanding, convincing acting, beautiful cinematography and superb directing. It is truly a film for the intelligent mind and not the impatient viewer. A definite keeper. Ryan Akler-Bishop's comments below are accurate and well stated - thank you!

Jan 24, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first of 3 (so far) films starring the same two actors in the "Before XXX" series. It is basically a 2-person film, and very talky. However, if you are romantic at heart, you will love it.

Aug 30, 2013
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Before Sunrise” works because unlike most romance films do, because it’s not geared towards idiots who have no sense of intelligent cinema. “Before Sunrise” rises far above that. The characters in “Before Sunrise” are meant to be relatable to intelligent audience members, and for that reason, it makes the film extremely redeeming and a breath of fresh air. The characters in most average and mainstream romantic-dramas would lose their audience if all they did was walk around and talk. Well, audience members are more than satisfied with these characters only walking around and speaking to each other for the entirety of the film. “Before Sunrise” has built a more dedicated audience than practically any romance film ever made (with perhaps the exception of “Casablanca”). The plot of “Before Sunrise” centres around an American man and a French woman, named Jesse and Celine. Jesse and Celine meet on a train, and spontaneously decide to leave the train together and spend the day together in Vienna. They soon find a connection based upon what could arguably be fate. Of course, the film doesn’t reach the epic scope without the powerful assistance of its sequels, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”. They help craft what a relationship is, over the span of eighteen years. The trouble with “Before Sunrise” as a stand aloud film, is the fact that the characters are somewhat aggravatingly optimistic. The subtext behind “Before Sunrise” is that “love conquers all”. This is a dull statement that has been made by film after film, because it’s incredibly easy for audiences to enjoy. The films become far more powerful and honest when they become more cynical. The sequel “Before Sunset” is informing us that “love is never where you look for it”, and finally “Before Midnight” tells us that “true love is driven by imperfections”. Personally, I find those messages to be far more intelligent and thought provoking as they pass by. That said, the increasing cynicism of the characters wouldn’t function without the optimism created by them at the beginning of the series, with “Before Sunrise”. I recently realized that one of the marvels behind “Before Sunrise” is how it uses it’s setting in a very non-pseudointellectual manner. The areas they walk through Vienna are not massive tourist attractions. It’s refreshing because it feels as though these people are genuinely in Vienna, and not some “Midnight in Paris”-esque vision of a city (don’t misunderstand me, I love “Midnight in Paris”). It feels as though it’s actually set in Vienna, which makes the film feel realistic, as director Richard Linklater’s intentions were for. The main reason the dialogue feels so natural in “Before Sunrise” is because actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are improvising as they go along. Usually, I can tell when actors are improvising, because there’s an unnatural vibe surrounding the way they speak, as if they’re unsure of what they say will come across as sounding natural. Here in “Before Sunrise” these actors are not only improvising, they’re speaking as if they were their characters in that situation. This works as it should due to the fabulous actors perfectly cast in these roles. Elia Kazan once explained that you can take the greatest actor, and if they’re miscast they won’t be able to come close to a performance by someone who is properly cast. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are masterful actors, and they’re perfectly cast. Although “Before Sunrise” is the weakest film in the trilogy, it’s still among the finest American films ever made. I find it infinitely re-watchable, because of the colourful characters that Linklater creates with the help of his lead actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” are all films that people will be talking about years and years from now.

Very 90s. Lots of cliches. Was distracted by the goatee of actor and yellow teeth of actress.

Dec 19, 2012
  • AKesek rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Found it dragged on...too simple for my taste. Although watching Before Sunset directly after made me appreciate both films more.

Dec 05, 2011
  • Cannes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Two young people meet on a train and decide to spend a day together before heading to their respective destinations.

Julie looked great in this movie, they are both so young. If you are the from the same generation this may sting a bit as you are now over the hill. Your 20s are the best and very few ever make the best of their adult youth.

If your still in your 20s remember you are probably right you just have to beleive it. Get an education, work hard, stay clean and follow your heart.

Nov 29, 2011
  • lilmimica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great movie. the romance of deep longing and lingered thoughts.

Aug 16, 2011
  • juliekal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nothing like a film to end in the most tantalizing yet exasperating way - with a question! What Jesse and Celine share is so authentic in this 1998 film, you will forget you're not really schlepping around Vienna with them. Upon attending the 2004 sequel Before Sunset a whole nine years later, I felt like I was reuniting with dear friends. What had they been up to in that time? Had they changed? What happened? Truly memorable movies. Both are highly recommended.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Before Sunrise is romance for the slacker generation. The film depicts romance in all it's glory, without any of the pitfalls that befall most couples; and in short the film is about two people that have a relationship that's as close to perfection as relationship will ever be. Although they face the problem of time. While most relationships wind down with time, this one keeps going strong throughout. Before Sunrise is certainly not the typical sentimental 'Hollywood romance' that we're used to. Great date night movie. Won't disappoint.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


Add a Summary

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.


Add a Notice

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


Add a Quote

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Jesse: You know what's the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? It's when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they're thinking of you. You know, you'd like to think you're both in all this pain but they're just like "Hey, I'm glad you're gone".

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Celine: No, then it's like some male fantasy. Meet a French girl on the train, fuck her, and never see her again.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Jesse: Sometimes I dream about being a good father and a good husband. And sometimes it feels really close. But then other times it seems silly like it would ruin my whole life. And it's not just a fear of commitment or that I'm incapable of caring or loving because... I can. It's just that, if I'm totally honest with myself I think I'd rather die knowing that I was really good at something. That I had excelled in some way than that I'd just been in a nice, caring relationship.


Add a Video

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Before Sunrise Trailer

Find it at NPLD


Powered by BiblioCommons.
Version pocillo (pocillo) Last updated 2014/08/29 09:56