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Before Sunset | 2004 | R | - 5.1.5

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprise their roles as Celine and Jesse, the young couple that met in Paris and had a passionate one night affair in the film Before Sunrise. It is nine years later, and Jesse is in Paris for a book tour while Celine is an environmental activist. They meet, and get re-acquainted while walking the streets and flowered paths of Paris. Also with Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres and Rodolphe Pauly. Directed by Richard Linklater. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, and a man and a woman hug.A woman talks about a monk having offered to perform sexual favors for a man. A man talks about not having sex with his wife, and a man talks about a dream of his when he lies next to a nude woman. A man talks about imagining that he and a woman "...make love for 10 days straight." A man and a woman talk about the differences between men and women when it comes to sexual pleasure ("men are easier to please"), and a man talks about teenagers losing their virginity. A man and a woman talk about whether or not they had sex, including references to the protection they used. A man grabs a woman and pulls her onto his lap after they talk about having sex on a park bench. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in the front and is loosely fastened in the back revealing her bare back and bare abdomen once when the wind blows the fabric.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A woman yells at a man, and a woman talks about someone prowling on her fire escape.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 5 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 24 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, relationships, marriage, one-night stands, passion, respect, trust, intimacy, romance, fiction writing, memories, global warming, loneliness, making changes in the world, differences between men and women with regard to sexual pleasure, environmental issues, optimism, depression, marriage without love or passion, commitment, spirituality, existence of a god or other supernatural controller of the universe, conservation, gun ownership, violent crime, hope, naiveté, cultural differences, entitlement, fate, extramarital affairs.

MESSAGE - Happiness is in the doing and desire is the fuel of life.

(Note: Followed by Before Midnight in 2013)

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