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Falling in love again [review of Before Sunset] 19 Jul 2004 An American boy gets talking to a French girl on a train somewhere in Austria, and persuades her to get off at Vienna with him and wander around the city until he has to go to the airport for his early-morning flight.

Linklater's reason for shooting in Vienna was that he still had a crush on a girl he had met there years before. Out of this fragile encounter, Linklater fashioned a charming, graceful film.

He managed to keep something of the slice-of-life feel of his previous work, Slacker 1991 and Dazed and Confused 1993but brought to it a new emotional focus. If this was a new direction for the director, for his leading actor it was, "a pivotal moment in my career". Later, in a different room in the same Berlin hotel, Delpy describes the "pure creative energy" of their reunion. She and Hawke co-wrote the sequel with Linklater.

Love that goes with the flow

They worked on the story structure via e-mail in breaks between other commitments Linklater was directing the comedy School of Rock, a critical and box-office hit; Hawke was shooting the serial-killer film, Taking Lives in Montreal; and Delpy was touring with her rock band and recording a solo albumthen they locked themselves in a hotel room in Paris for four days and, Delpy says, "worked at the script like maniacs - like 15, 16 hours a day".

Ever since that first film, she maintains, the relationship between the three has been long-distance but intense and intuitive, "not even like brothers; but like weird triplets or something". Before Sunrise review of before sunset starring ethan hawke with Jesse and Celine promising to meet in six months' time.

Celine turns up for the signing, part fascinated, part apprehensive and part guilty-conscienced - she never showed up for that second meeting. The undercurrent of resentment which this engenders is just one of the emotional motifs that emerges as the two walk around Paris, talking about sex, grandmothers and the environment, killing the four hours that remain before Jesse has to leave for the airport and the next leg of his book tour.

Linklater is obsessed with real-time cinema. He took this obsession to its logical extreme in Tape, an arthouse chamber piece that was the only movie in which Ethan Hawke played alongside his wife, Uma Thurman, after their marriage - the two met on the set of Gattaca in 1996.

In Before Sunset, four hours of screen action are condensed into almost two hours' running time. It was shot in just 15 days, with only a few hours each day available for filming. The film feels spontaneous but, according to Linklater, long hours of rewrites and rehearsal lie behind the apparently effortless dialogue: For Hawke, who switches regularly between screen and stage, the challenge was liberating: The first minute or so you're awkward, and then natural things happen.

Before Sunset

You know, you're walking and a leaf falls - nice accidents can happen. Hawke's marriage with Thurman collapsed in the summer of 2003 after he reportedly had a fling with a young model. His own experience of intrusive press interest notwithstanding, the 34-year-old from Austin, Texas, is not afraid to expose himself in this film. Sunset's Jesse is a 34-year-old writer Hawke has written two novels locked into a loveless and increasingly sexless marriage, which is held together only by the small child the couple share Hawke and Thurman have two children, a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

At one point, his character asks: I felt all those things. So cut to the present tense and I feel like I'm running a small nursery with someone I used to date. Prompted on the art-and-life parallels, he will allow only that "it was certainly a difficult time in my life, as it was in Jesse's life. There were similarities there that made it interesting to perform. Bits of Delpy's life seem to have ended up in Before Sunset, too: She picks up a guitar, and sings him a song that appeared, in a slightly different version, on Delpy's first album, released in May 2003.

It's a measure of the creative trio's bravura that this unexpected and potentially disastrous musical interlude does not sink the whole film, but provides, instead, a neat way to resolve what Hawke describes as "That awkward moment when you're getting closer to the door and you're about to be alone again.

It's, like, 'Would you like some tea? She's so alive and spontaneous. It's that weird magic thing - you can't audition for it.