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Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ Trilogy Hits Criterion: Everything You Need to Know About the Romantic Saga, According to Its Creators

Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ Trilogy Hits Criterion: Everything You Need to Know About the Romantic Saga, According to Its Creators

Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy encapsulates the way love feels in a way few films can match. Twenty years in the making, the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) follows the beginning (“Before Sunrise,” 1995), re-beginning (“Before Sunset,” 2004), and eventual strain (“Before Midnight,” 2013) of one relationship. And the Criterion Collection has released a 2K restoration of the three films, along with hours of bonus features and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Linklater wrote all three films with the stars of his trilogy. In honor of its Criterion release, IndieWire has assembled this guide to the collaborative production in the words of the people who brought it to life.

The Writing Process Was the Biggest Challenge

Linklater collaborated with his two leads to develop the characters over the course of several years. It

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