Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

falling in love is easy, it suddenly hits you and you know it right then and there. falling out of love, however, is the product of long and overdue sustained hardships. it doesn't happen overnight. it doesn't surprise you. you know it's coming, which is what makes it worse. when Celine comes back into that hotel room and tells Jesse that she doesn't think she loves him anymore, it comes from a place of bitterness. a new feeling is cleverly introduced to these films, a much-needed one. one that acknowledges the idyllic first two installments, and then proceeds to tell them to fuck off. without this growing resentment between them, we wouldn't be able to get the sharpness and cleverness that defined this film (and ultimately, the trilogy). it's real, raw, and sharp. it's volatile yet inescapable.

interesting that Linklater's affinity for that CERTIFIED COPY style of cinematography is what makes this the prettiest film from the trilogy. more interesting yet is the fact that he went full circle with the time traveler idea from BEFORE SUNRISE. Jesse's ability to manipulate the time-space continuum is what convinces her to both get off the train in 1994 and start over in 2013.

"Still there. Still there. Still there. Gone."

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