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We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Whilst Before Midnight, the concluding chapter (or is it?) in Jesse and Celine’s decades spanning romantic saga, is as insightful, intimate and articulate as the preceding installments it proves to be quite a different experience. Gone is the hopefulness of youth and in its place is the pragmatism of adult life as the fairy tale couple come to terms with the reality of their relationship.
Richard Linklater’s Before… series is one of the finest relationship dramas in all of cinema. Spanning twenty years and some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the trilogy has emotionally grown with the characters and audience. Whilst both Before Sunrise, and to a lesser extent, Before Sunset, were built on the optimism of a what-if fantasy,…
The Good: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deliver the finest performances of their careers; absolutely Oscar-worthy stuff. Top-notch screenplay. Perfect balance of romance, drama, and comedy. Rapid-fire laughs; more hilarious than the previous two films combined. Quotes galore: "You are the fucking mayor of crazy town." "The upside to being over 35 is you don't get raped as much." "Kissy, kissy. Titty, titty. Pussy..." The impressive long take of the car ride from the airport. Jesse and Celine's conversation with their friends at the lunch table. Celine's lab rat impression. Celine's bimbo act. The walk to the hotel. The epic quarrel in the…
"Its still there. Its still there. Is still there. Its gone..."
Jesse and Celine are sitting at a little bistro table next to each other while staring out at the sun setting behind a hill in southern Greece. They are at a nice little place by the waterside and there are torches lit, and quiet conversations going on in the background. You can almost feel the warm breeze and taste the oceanic air. They are both staring at the setting sun and Celine is commenting on how its still there, still there, and then its gone below the hill. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's age lined faces are now cast in shadow and a slight frown appears on both of…
Sunny Sunday symphony
Sands seeping slowly
Slowly suddenly swiftly
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before Midnight might just be the best film in the Before trilogy. Darker, more raw, more tender, more emotional (if that's even possible), and more heartfelt; Before Midnight is a perfect combination of all of Linklater's talents, and this film couldn't be more special.
What I loved most about this installment is that the arc that our favorite characters take is much more devastating and drastic than you could possibly imagine. Before my viewing, I heard a lot about this film being depressing or dreary. Sure, that is true, but what we also have is a film that is honest and truthful, no matter the situation.
Almost every scene in this film is gold. The opening conversation with Jesse's son.…
I saw this at a Press & Industry screening at Sundance. About a half hour before the screening, an executive from a studio showed up. Someone in line asked if he was attached to the film in any way and he said, "No, I'm just here as a fan."
It was that kind of screening.
It's probably impossible for me to have hated this movie. They would have had to spectacularly fuck it up, and there's no reason why they would. They're too smart and it's not like this is a sequel to a film that made $100M.
At the screening, the audience was rapt. People were tearing up before the credits were done. By the end, nearly everyone was.
Who's cutting onions in here? Jesus...
We meet Jesse and Celine in a train, and watched their connection grow through the streets of Vienna. We witness their reunion at a bookshop in Paris, the two being older and wiser. Years later we encounter Jesse and Celine once more, but this time their indivualities reaching out through the sanctity of their marriage. While its predecessors showered us with their personal ideals and realities, this installment treats us to their growth as a couple, and how their relationship has changed over the years. While it did have the similar charm as the first two films, this one worked a bit differently. At the end of the film, I realized that I know these people. I've seen these people.…
Before Midnight had a lot of anticipation and that means a lot of pressure. With two wonderfully beloved films preceding it, fans really needed this to form a fitting conclusion. And Before Midnight certainly delivers. The comedy is natural, along with everything else, and makes the experience incredibly enjoyable. But of course, the greatest thing about this film is the absolutely perfect chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Although the scenes are long this is a highlight as the audience can be engaged by such a convincing couple. It feels so natural that it's funny to think there was even a script (written by Linklater and the two stars). Not a dull moment to be seen, even with two…
i too have a cassette phone case and am fucking nuts
am i celine
Before Midnight is commonly, and correctly, viewed as the darkest of the trilogy. However it is a necessary darkness. It's a movie about reality, about consequences, about truth. It's a movie where Jesse and Celine are forced to confront their relationship. In doing this, Linklater (and possible Hawke and Delpy as well) completes what will probably be the story he is most remembered for. Through three movies and 18 years, from the hopeful optimism of Sunrise to the heartbreaking reality of Midnight, Jesse and Celine have become the greatest romance story of...possibly all time.
Ultimo film (finora?) della trilogia sulla coppia di amanti Ethan Hawke e Julie Delpy, girati a distanza di 9 anni uno dall'altro. Lei è sempre una francese insopportabile, lui sempre un americano chiacchierone, ma ora i ritmi della famiglia pesano nel rapporto. Il film è come gli altri in intelligente equilibrio tra disincanto e sentimento, e come anche "Boyhood" dello stesso Linklater deve molto del suo fascino all'utilizzo del tempo vissuto dagli attori che invecchiano assieme i propri personaggi, ma il finale è meno folgorante degli altri due.
I just loved this 'Before' trilogy. It's so pure and romantic that I don't even know how to describe my feelings after watching the three films. This is so good, so incredible. Amazing actors, amazing songs, amazing writing... Everything it's amazing. I really loved it.
Where was my massive finale?????!
Still great though. I enjoyed, I did.
So real. Love is real.
I wanna be in love. This is the thought I said to myself over & over whist watching all three in a mere 18 hours.
Love is a battlefield. Fight for love.
im too invested in the relationship of these two people.
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