Nine years have passed since the events of Before Sunrise, when Jesse and Celine had met in Vienna. Since then, Jesse has written a novel, This Time, inspired by his time with Celine, and the book has become an American bestseller. To help sales in Europe, Jesse does a book tour. The last stop of the tour is Paris, and Jesse is doing a reading at the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
《爱在黎明破晓前》发生后9年,Jesse终于成为了一位小说作家,他在新作中写出和Celine在维也纳发生的故事。该书获得了相当大的成功,他因此往各地推荐他的著作。他欧洲之旅的最后一站是巴黎,新书发布会在著名的莎士比亚书店(Shakespeare and Company)举行。

As he speaks with his audience his eyes wander toward the window, and he can hardly believe it: Celine is smiling at him. Though they meet again, Jesse is reminded that he has a plane to catch and must leave within an hour, so just like in Before Sunrise, Celine and Jesse's reunion is constrained by time.

In their conversation, they broach the subject of why they did not meet as promised six months after their first encounter. It turns out that Jesse had returned to Vienna, as promised, but Celine did not, because her grandmother had suddenly died before the scheduled date of the meeting. Because Jesse and Celine had never exchanged addresses, there was no way for them to contact each other, which resulted in their missed connection.

As they talk, each reveals what has happened in their lives since first meeting. Both are now in their early thirties. Jesse, now a writer, is married and has a son. Celine has become an advocate for the environment, lived in America for a time, and has a boyfriend, a photojournalist. It becomes clear in the course of their talk that both are dissatisfied to varying degrees with their lives. Jesse reveals that he only stays with his wife out of love for his son. Celine says that she does not see her boyfriend very much because he is so often on assignment.

As they traverse Paris their conversation takes place in various venues, including a café, a garden, a bateau mouche. Their old feelings for each other are slowly rekindled, even with tension and regret over the missed meeting earlier, as they realize that nothing else in their lives has matched their one prior night together in Vienna. Jesse eventually admits that he wrote the book in the distant hope of meeting Celine again one day. She replies that the book brought back painful memories for her.

In the concluding scene, Celine and Jesse arrive at her apartment. Jesse then plays a Nina Simone CD on the stereo system. Celine dances by herself, muttering to Jesse, "Baby ... you are gonna miss that plane." As the camera slowly pans in, Jesse smiles and ambiguously responds, "I know."



Life's hard. It's supposed to be. If we didn't suffer, we'd never learn anything.

Jesse: In the months leading up to my wedding, I was thinking about you all the time. I mean, even on my way there; I'm in the car, a buddy of mine is driving me downtown and I'm staring out the window, and I think I see you, not far from the church, right? Folding up an umbrella and walking into a deli on the corner of 13th and Broadway. And I thought I was going crazy, but now I think it probably was you.

Jesse: Maybe what I'm saying is, is the world might be evolving the way a person evolves. Right? Like, I mean, me for example. Am I getting worse? Am I improving? I don't know. When I was younger, I was healthier, but I was, uh, whacked with insecurity, you know? Now I'm older and my problems are deeper, but I'm more equipped to handle them.

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