Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

...time doesn't just pass, life does too. We hate ourselves for what we've done to ourselves and what we've done to others. We know we can't take any of it back, but we can't help but wonder what would happen if we could.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT was so endlessly powerful to me. The hotel sequence was inevitable, but that didn't make it any less disturbing or upsetting - it made me feel like I was going to vomit. These two have spent their lives together, and whether or not they should have (and I personally don't think that Celine or Jesse were ever right for each other to begin with), it doesn't stop them from reflecting on their own lives after people depart from theirs, whether expectedly or suddenly.

The dinner sequence made me reevaluate how I view love. It was rattling to experience such a sudden shift in my belief system in the middle of a 100 minute film (though, to be fair, I did watch the entire trilogy in one day, so this change had probably been simmering under the surface), but I felt it throughout my body and soul. Love is partnership. Love is being there, love is support, love is affection, love is understanding. Love should not be (and is not) "movie-love". Love is not as we see it in BEFORE SUNRISE. Love should be challenging, but at the end of the day, love is about people being there for each other through all of life's ups and downs. Without that person (or people), we may never fully realize just how great of people we can be.

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