Nine years after that fateful summer of ’94 when Jesse and Celine met at a train that was heading to Vienna and Paris, the two meet again unexpectedly on a Parisian bookstore. Jesse (played by Ethan Hawke, who now looks like he portrayed Christian Bale’s role in The Machinist and no longer looks innocent) is on his last leg of book signing for his successful novel in Paris at the Shakespeare and Co. The book is apparently an autobiographical novel about that day nine years ago when he and Celine met entitled This Time. While talking to the press and the audiences about the book, flashbacks of that day nine years ago are shown, clearly depicting that his memory of that day hasn’t been tarnished. Minutes later while giving the press bits of his next book, which is derived from his married life, he finds Celine staring at him from inside the bookstore.
Okay, I won’t spoil much into the movie anymore. I encourage you to watch this movie (if and only if you’ve seen the first one, Before Sunrise) to find out whether or not Celine and Jesse ends up with one another.
The whole vibe of this movie is a bit extremely melancholy than the first film. Probably because one keeps finding out whatever happened to these two souls. Since this movie is like the “future” of the two souls that met nine years ago on a train in Europe, through Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy’s simple yet rich dialogue and storytelling of the lives of the two souls brings us to different conclusions even at the beginning of the movie.