Retrospective Review: Before Sunset, 2004, dir. Richard Linklater


“It doesn’t take much to green light a sequel—just a reasonable opening weekend gross coupled with better than toxic word of mouth—but that’s part of why the continuation to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is so special. Seriously, how many quiet, dialogue heavy indies actually get, much less deserve, a second chapter? As a sequel to a celebrated arthouse picture from a celebrated arthouse director, Before Sunset is an unusual creature. As a sequel few people asked for or saw coming, it’s even more so. But these qualities distinguish the film as the quintessential installment of Linklater’s Before trilogy: in an industry of sequelized cash grabs, it’s the rare sequel that actually manages to not only justify its existence, but also outdo its predecessor.” – Via Paste Magazine


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