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Before Sunrise

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.

Movie R 1995 101 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

A great model of human communication and interaction

This movie represents the values and ideas of the 90s in that the characters in it are wholly present and give each other the undivided attention they deserve. Teens should know that there's no action in the movie, it's purely intellectual, but we get the chance to see how society used to live before people had their heads buried in screens. It's a beautiful example of just how much two people can connect with each other when they don't succumb to the distractions that we now consider "important".

Is It Any Good?

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It's the commitment the film makes to the two main characters, and their budding relationship that makes the film so completely enthralling. More than most films, Before Sunrise depends upon the likeability of these characters.

Flaws are included, the disagreements between the couple as essential to establishing the realism that sets the film apart as the intimate connections they make. They hide their vulnerability behind humor and try to talk their way out of the sadness of saying goodbye. Director Richard Linklater's style is appealingly unobtrusive. He lingers on scenes when another director would've cut away, allowing the dialogue and the actors to speak for themselves.

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