Before Midnight 2013

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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.

Starring:
Ariane Labed, Walter Lassally
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Ariane Labed, Walter Lassally, Ethan Hawke, Yota Argyropoulou, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Director Richard Linklater
Genres Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 25 November 2013
Main languages English

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jet404 on 27 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
I love the first two films, and couldn't wait to see Before Midnight. When I came out of the cinema, I just wanted to watch it all over again.

Delpy is incredible - It's as if it's the last performance of her career, and she brings all the passion and volatility of Celine back to life, but with a simmering frustration and resentment which eventually surfaces in the final act.

Hawke brilliantly portrays the forty-one year old Jesse, who still dresses like a teenager and looks like an old rocker. The al fresco dinner scene was my favourite, and I couldn't stop smiling throughout - the dialogue was so sharp and funny.

If you liked Sunrise and Sunset, then I highly recommend this film.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By SJ Coyle on 21 July 2013
Format: DVD
So I went in to this film with very high expectations, having thought the first was great and adoring the second, I was ready for another fun and moving instalment in the lives of these two loveable, realistic characters. This turned out to be so much more.

This time, the film and it's amazing characters deal with long term commitment. This obviously isn't something that hasn't been done before in films, but it's never been done with such heart and realism. While the other two movies seemed like fairytales, this is much more grounded in reality and drama, and it hits us hard because we've grown to love and root for these two people, never have I wanted anyone to succeed more than this.

Something else that sets it apart from the others is the introduction of new characters to give different perspectives on things, on life and on relationships. We've seen Jesse and Celine discuss their thoughts on the world and each other, now we see other people in their lives and how they effect their views and how they are impacted by new opinions and view points. It's amazing to watch these characters develop, how they're discussions remain similar to 18 years ago, their questions are the same, but their answers are different. It's thought provoking and incredibly sad on occasions.

It still feels like we are intruding on their lives, on their private and intimate conversations, but here it's multiplied because we've never seen them like this, we've never seen them be so grounded in reality, dealing with these types of situations and dilemmas. They argue and we understand why, anyone would probably react the same way they do In the heat of the moment, but I was frustrated at both of them, I wanted to tell them to stop in the middle of the cinema, I wanted to calm them down.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roderic C. Bunn on 15 Oct. 2013
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There is no doubt that Before Midnight is difficult viewing, especially for those who have vested so much in the characters through the first two films. Like many reviewers and critics, I mourn the loss of innocence and heady romance of the first two brief encounters, but understand the need for the relationship to follow its natural course, otherwise it would simply not be believable. And so we, with the privilege of viewing an intimate relationship at close quarters, witness tensions in private that would not otherwise be visible in public. As far as Jesse and Celine's friends in the film are concerned, the romance continues. And so it does, but with fractures that may, or may not, be terminal. This is the normality of long-term relationships that the writers and Director know is vital to portray at this stage in the characters' lives. What it means is that Before Midnight is but a point in time, and the next film - for there must be one for the story to follow its natural course - will bring Celine and Jesse to a yet another level. So, difficult viewing yes, but all part of a journey. Stick with it, and marvel at the dialogue, wonderfully subtle body language, nuanced supporting roles, and the sheer authenticity of the whole enterprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Jesse and Celine seem almost like old friends - to me, I mean - so I was keenly anticipating this film, having hoped they would make a third one in 2013 since the last one. It makes a worthy addition to the other two and no one who loves those should consider missing this. The characters are very much the same, with the extra layering created by the last nine years which comes across in all sorts of subtle ways. The big difference, however, is that they are now well established partners with twin daughters. This makes the scripting rather more difficult, as the dizzying thrill of romance, repeated in the second film, isn't really the subject any more. Richard Linklater avoids a soap opera feel as well as he did in the previous films, but here discord seems to be more to the fore, especially in the latter part of the film. They just seemed to be arguing too much, and the tone becomes a bit wearisome, essentially rehearsing arguments about sexual equality and the dissatisfaction of having a child from a previous marriage who lives on a different continent. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are, in themselves, as delightful as ever, and there are some amusing moments, but the conflict is a bit drawn out, whereas in the second film the argument seemed to be over much faster. I also thought the Greek setting was less well used, in that they could have been anywhere, particularly when they were arguing in a rather anonymous hotel room. In addition to this the film seemed to be rather dark, literally, in the sense that characters were often talking in shadow so you find yourself peering to read their expressions. I sometimes find this in modern films, but presumably it's meant to seem more natural, like handheld cameras.Read more ›
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