I Like to Watch (Instantly): Before Sunset, P.S.
Notable high-def romantic titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Before Sunset (2004)
Directed by Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Albert Delpy, Rodolphe Pauly, Louise Lemoine Torres, Marianne Plasteig, Diabolo, Marie Pillet
Remember the 1995 Gen X romance Before Sunrise, which hooked up Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for an all-night chat-a-thon on the train from Budapest to Vienna? Well, it's nine years later, and our boy Ethan is on the French leg of his book tour. Who should he run into but the lovely Ms. Delpy? Shot in real time, this minimalist film manages to build an intimate story from just dialogue. HD available.
Directed by Dylan Kidd
Cast: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, Jennifer Carta, Ross A. McIntyre, Chris Meyer, Becki Newton, Stacy Lynn Spierer
Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me) stars as a middle-aged college admissions officer who finds herself falling madly in love with a young lad she believes is the reincarnation of her high school sweetheart. Although the film sounds like the stuff of chick-lit fantasy (and an uncomfortable precursor to this fall's other May-December reincarnation romance Birth), it is expertly directed by Dylan Kidd, who gave us the thorny and brilliant Roger Dodger. The cast is rounded out by Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden and Paul Rudd, ensuring lots of great acting as well. HD available.