The 10 Best Films of 2004
1. Before Sunset
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine in director Richard Linklater’s sequel to his 1995 cult classic, “Before Sunrise.” Nearly a decade since the two star-crossed lovers part after a tumultuous one-day affair in Vienna, the two meet coincidentally in a Paris bookstore and thus begins their second wooing.
The film is a 75-minute conversation between the couple, every moment witty and fresh. At first glance, the premise seems too much like a gimmick, but listening to the banter of Parisian Celine (Julie Delpy’s performance is a highlight), you know you’ve stumbled across a piece of art.
This movie is rated R.
2. House of Flying Daggers
Strangely, the year’s most American film is the year’s most foreign.
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